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‘GO dough’ makes graphene easy to shape and mold

A Northwestern University team is reshaping the world of graphene — literally. The team has turned graphene oxide (GO) into a soft, moldable and kneadable play dough that can be shaped and reshaped into free-standing, three-dimensional structures. Called “GO dough,” the product might be fun to play with it, but ...

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A Child’s Puzzle Helped Uncover How Magnets Really Work

For a few months in 1880, entire swaths of the United States succumbed to an addiction the likes of which had never been seen. “It has become literally an epidemic all over the country,” wroteThe Weekly News-Democrat in Emporia, Kansas, on March 12, 1880. “Whole cities are distracted, and men ...

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The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

Friday morning began with delays at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. That’s not unusual—New York’s airports are famously balky. But this time, the cause wasn’t something prosaic, like a blizzard. It was staffing. Because of the federal government shutdown, the airport didn’t have enough Transportation Security Administration agents and air traffic ...

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Static electricity could charge our electronics

Thought so. Help could be on the way from one of the most common, yet poorly understand, forms of power generation: static electricity. “Nearly everyone has zapped their finger on a doorknob or seen child’s hair stick to a balloon. To incorporate this energy into our electronics, we must better ...

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Pesticides Are Harming Bees in Literally Every Possible Way

This story originally appeared on Reveal and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent nonprofit news organization. While soybean farmers watched the drift-prone weed killer dicamba ravage millions of acres of crops over the last two ...

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Google and Facebook Backed an Event Denying Climate Change

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have publicly acknowledged the dangers of global warming, but last week they all sponsored a conference that promoted climate change denial to young libertarians. All three tech companies were sponsors of ...

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We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year’s Deadly Flu Season

As flu season nears its annual peak, between eight and nine and a half million people in the US have already been sickened by various strains of the respiratory virus, according to new estimates released Friday by federal health officials. That report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

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