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Stressed Momma Squirrels and Their Pups (Gallery)
Squirrel protects its territory
December 9th, 2014
Squirrels are highly excitable creatures, but new research indicates that stress is actually good for their babies.
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Jellyfish Swarms: Bellwethers of Environmental Change
Jellyfish swarm in the Gulf of Mexico
September 11th, 2014
Human activities are promoting giant jellyfish swarms.
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New Biomaterial Mimics Functionality of Natural Cartilage
Framework for artificial cartilage

July 31st, 2014
Two teams, working years apart, merged their creations to develop a framework used to grow replacement cartilage — a 3-D fabric scaffold, integrated with a pliable hydrogel and then infiltrated with stem cells.
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Squirrel Moms' Stress Aids Pup Survival
Red squirrel mom and pup
December 8th, 2014
Research has shown that squirrels exposed to stress hormones grow larger faster, improving survival chances.
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Seeing-Eye Robot Assists Visually Impaired, No Clean-Up Required
Co-robotic cane schematic

August 22nd, 2014
This new generation walking stick combines the benefits of a whitestick with the guidance of a seeing-eye dog without the need for long, expensive trainings or the necessary clean up.
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Nanolasers on Silicon to Provide Faster Data Transmission
Nanolasers grown on silicon, nano needles
July 12th, 2014
The need for speed drives search for hybrid communication technologies.
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Plant Detectives Dig Into How Cells Grow
One-week-old moss plants regenerated from single cells showing chlorophyll autofluorescence

May 30th, 2014
Moss offers clues in the search for how molecular signals direct cell growth.
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Getting the Buzz on Bees
bees, pollinators, database
November 6th, 2014
Because bees are big business in the U.S., collecting and sharing data about the insect is important to address the decline in bee populations.
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Memory Making Linked to Gene and Protein, Research Shows
brain’s hippocampus with fluorescent lighting agent

August 19th, 2014
Discovery of the Arc gene and its like-named protein is leading to breakthroughs in how memories form and are recalled as well as giving hope to developing treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s.
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Visualizing the Motion of Corals
Coral flows
June 12th, 2014
Award-winning science visualization shows how coral is able to create a long-lasting whirlpool structure that alters the local environment and enhances the coral's ability to "breathe."
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