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Alexander Beadle is a science writer and editor for Technology Networks. Before this, he worked as a freelance science writer, writing features and reporting on breaking news in materials science, environmental science and drug research. Alexander holds an MChem in Materials Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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New Technique Creates Extremely Water-Repellent Materials

Researchers have developed a new mechanism that could hold the key to creating exceptionally water-repellant surfaces. This new technique could have significant implications for sectors such as plumbing, optics and the auto and maritime industries.
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Octopus Skin Inspires New Color-Changing Paint

A naturally occurring dye compound present in the skin of cephalopods – like octopuses and squid – can be used to create novel paints that change their color in response to light.
An illustration of a computer chip on a light-up blue and pick motherboard. The letters "AI" are written on the chip.

New AI Tool Can Help Researchers Understand Quantum Materials

A new AI tool could help accelerate the investigation of novel materials, automating some of the more labor-intensive experimental data analysis within materials research.
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Popular Herbicide Ingredient Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemic in Sri Lanka

The active ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most popular herbicide, may play a role in the epidemic levels of chronic kidney disease seen in rural Sri Lanka, a new study suggests.
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Discovery and Synthesis of Quantum Dots Wins 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Moungi G. Bawendi, Louis E. Brus and Alexei Ekimov for their discovery and synthesis of quantum dots.
A picture taken from within the of the mouth of a cave, looking out to sea.

Microplastics Found in Cave Closed to Visitors for 30 Years

Researchers in Missouri have found high concentrations of microplastic in Cliff Cave, a cave system in Saint Louis County that has been closed off to visitors for the past 30 years. The extent of the microplastic contamination is detailed in two new research papers, published in Science of the Total Environment and Water Research.
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High Temperatures Linked to Increase in Drug and Alcohol-Related Hospital Visits

Rising hospital visits for alcohol- and substance-related disorders are being driven by warm weather, a new study has found. The researchers warn that this relationship could also be further affected by climate change.
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Scientists Uncover Biological Mechanism Underpinning Ginger’s Effect on Immune Function

New research has found that whole-ginger extracts can make neutrophils – a type of white blood cell – more resistant to neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation. This suggests potentially positive effects in the treatment of some autoimmune disorders.
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Genetically Modified Silkworms Produce Spider Silk Six Times Tougher Than Kevlar

For the first time, researchers have genetically modified common silkworms to produce full-length spider silk proteins. Such proteins can be used to produce fibers that are six times tougher than the Kevlar fiber used in bulletproof vests.
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Chameleon-Inspired Coating For Buildings Could Significantly Improve Energy Efficiency

Scientists have developed a new dual-purpose coating that can help to keep houses cool in summer and warm in winter, taking some unlikely inspiration from the skin of desert-dwelling chameleons.