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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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Engineers Model Better Navigation Systems After Brain’s Adaptability
Brain plasticity
May 31st, 2014
The brain’s special abilities entice engineers like Silvia Ferrari to model it when creating new control and navigation systems for aircraft, robots and more.
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Biodiversity a Benefit for Brain Research
Human brain illustrated with interconnected small nerves - 3d render
May 8th, 2014
Optogenetics, a new field of brain research, was born out of basic research on two unlikely microbes.
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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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Tiny Microchip Component Promises Big Returns
An illustration of the tapered waveguide array
April 25th, 2014
This novel nanoarray may improve energy storage and electronics performance.
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Protecting Vulnerable Freshwater Aquifers Critical Task
groundwater flowing through limestone aquifers
February 28th, 2014
Visualizing the groundwater flow in these areas helps scientists better understand the risk involved.
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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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A Big Hand for Biofilms
Hand & Biofilms illustration
May 16th, 2014
This striking image represents the strength and prevalence of bacterial biofilms — despite our efforts to control them.
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Deep-sea Fish Inspire Robotic Feeding Model
Researchers use "Bassbot" to study suction feeding
March 31st, 2014
"Bassbot" reveals suction action used by most fish.
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