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  • Oct 24, 2016 Semi-volatile organic compounds diffuse between atmospheric particles Semi-volatile organic compounds can readily diffuse into the billions of tiny atmospheric particles that inhabit the air, easily moving among them, researchers have discovered. The findings provide greater understanding into how organic particles behave in the atmosphere.
  • Oct 24, 2016 Nanofiber coating prevents infections of prosthetic joints A novel coating they made with antibiotic-releasing nanofibers has the potential to better prevent at least some serious bacterial infections related to total joint replacement surgery, scientists show in a proof-of-concept study with mice.
  • Oct 24, 2016 Research is upgrading an element by stretching it A new family of self-assembled nanomaterials capable of storing large amounts of tensile strain, without damage to the crystalline structure, is currently being developed by scientists.
  • Oct 24, 2016 The houseplant with a blueprint for improving energy harvesting For many people, nanotechnology belongs in the realm of science fiction. Researchers have solved the mystery of the blue sheen on the leaves of some begonias and have found that their chloroplasts have evolved a nanoscale light-trapping structure to help them survive in the darkness of the forest floor.
  • Oct 24, 2016 Zebrafish want to hang out with moving 3-D robotic models of themselves Authenticity is an important trait, and zebrafish take it especially seriously. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has discovered that zebrafish engage more with 3D-moving robotic models of themselves than with other stimuli.
  • Oct 24, 2016 Breakthrough in quantifying belief system dynamics It's no secret humans are social creatures with beliefs that are, literally, all over the map. What wasn't known was how those beliefs are influenced by our social interactions. Now sociologists have developed a mathematical model that describes the relationship between belief systems and interpersonal influence, and what happens when underlying beliefs change.

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