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Artificial Leaf - a device that combines solar cell with catalyst to split water molecules and generate energy

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Artificial leaf, a an inexpensive and simple device to harness solar energy by splitting water molecules, has been accomplished by two separate teams of researchers at MIT.

New solar system formation models indicate that Jupiter's foray robbed Mars of mass

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A paper published in the journal Nature explains why Mars is only about half the size and one-tenth the mass of Earth.  The paper provides the first cohesive explanation and, by doing so, reveals an unexpected twist in the early lives of Jupiter and Saturn as well.

Higgs Boson, the God Particle- to be, or not to be by 2012

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Physicists believe that before the end of 2012 they will be able to determine whether the hypothetical 'god particle' is indeed real.  The 'God particle', otherwise known as Higgs boson is a hypothetical elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics.

Largest Biochemical Circuit Built Using Small Synthetic DNA Molecules- A DNA-based Device

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Caltech researchers say they have built the most complex biochemical circuit ever created from scratch. This biochemical circuit was made with DNA-based devices in a test tube that are analogous to the electronic transistors on a computer chip.

Vanderbilt Engineers Develop A Simple Technique For Stamping Out Nanodevices

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Vanderbilt University scientists report the development of a simple technique for stamping out nanodevices.  The technique was developed for stamping patterns invisible to the human eye on to special class of nanomaterials.

The article was published in the May issue of the journal Nano Letters.

Observing Birds for the Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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Birds routinely land on small surfaces, using wing morphing and flapping techniques. Researchers at UC San Diego are mimicking bird wing movement to find out how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be perched on odd surfaces, such as on a telephone pole.

A New Biomaterial That More Closely Mimics Human Tissue

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A new biomaterial that more closely mimics the properties of native human tissue has been designed for repairing damaged human tissue. It doesn’t wrinkle up when stretched.

This invention from nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego marks a significant breakthrough in tissue engineering.

A Very Massive, Isolated Star In A Nearby Galaxy Discovered

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A new paper published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics reports the discovery of a very massive, isolated star in a galaxy near our Milky Way.