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Alexander Beadle is a science writer and editor for Technology Networks. Prior to this, he worked as a freelance science writer. Alexander holds an MChem in materials chemistry from the University of St Andrews, where he won a Chemistry Purdie Scholarship and conducted research into zeolite crystal growth mechanisms and the action of single-molecule transistors.

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Sustainable Semiconductors Made From Birch Leaves

By pressure-cooking birch leaves, researchers can produce quantum dots with favorable enough optical properties to replace some of the rarer elements used in semiconductors for optoelectronics, a new study suggests.
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All-Metal Fullerene Molecule Synthesized for the First Time

In a world-first, researchers have created a fullerene-like molecule composed entirely of metal atoms.
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New Microgel Lubricant Could Provide Relief From Dry Mouth

A novel aqueous lubricant can be used as a saliva substitute to combat the effects of xerostomia, also known as dry mouth.
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400-Year-Old Purple Explosive Smoke Mystery Solved

More than 400 years after the invention of “fulminating gold” explosives, scientists finally have an answer for why these compounds produce their iconic purple smoke.
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Iron Oxide May Explain Mysterious Anomalies Under the Earth’s Surface

Ultra low velocity zones (ULVZs) are strange regions deep under the Earth's surface where seismic waves travel slower than normal. High iron levels have been suggested as one explanation for these zones, with a new study lending extra support to this theory.
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Nanoplastics Create an Environment for Parkinson’s To Develop, Study Suggests

The way in which nanoplastics and a specific brain protein, α-synuclein, interact could create changes in the body that give rise to Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other related dementias, a new study suggests.
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“Cooperative” Behavior in Electrolytes Can Significantly Boost Battery Performance

"Cooperative” behavior between complex mixtures in battery electrolytes could provide a new blueprint for future battery design, enabling the wider development of multivalent batteries.
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“Cooling Glass” Tackles Heat Without Air Conditioning

Researchers have developed a new microporous glass coating that can cool indoor temperatures without using electricity. The new technology could lower a mid-rise apartment building’s annual carbon emissions by up to 10%.
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New Theory Could Explain How Animals Get Their Stripes

The same physical process that helps to remove dirt from laundry could explain how tropical fish and other patterned animals get their spots, according to new research.
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450-Million-Year-Old Organism Rebuilt as a “Soft” Robot

Scientists have breathed new life into a 450-million-year-old organism, using fossil records to build a robotic replica out of flexible electronics and soft materials.