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Can bacteria make better crack-resistant materials?

Image credit: Qiming Wang, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Researchers harness the power of living organisms to make new materials


Biological systems can harness living cells for growth and regeneration, but engineering systems cannot -- or couldn't until now.

Qiming Wang and other researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering are harnessing living bacteria to create engineering materials that are strong and resilient. The U.S. National Science Foundation-funded research is published in Advanced Materials.

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The Ig Nobel - Or is Michael Gorbachev the Antichrist

The Stinker - the official mascot of the Ig Noble Prizes

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A Prize That First Makes People Laugh, and Then Makes Them Think

We have all heard about the Nobel prize - the grandest dream achievement of every scientist. But exactly 30 years ago the scientific world started celebrating the work of those who deal with the smaller and sometimes absurd-looking questions about the life, universe, and everything. Since then, every year on the First Annual Awards Ceremony the Ig Nobel Prizes are given to scientists who first make us laugh and then make us think.

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N₂O - Where Science Meets Fun

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To laugh is to understand life deeper

Some scientists like Einstein or recently, Neil deGrasse Tyson are famous for their sense of humor. Others were more like subjects of famous jokes. However, good laughter is an important part of scientific endeavors. Moreover, to be able to see the funny side of science is actually to understand it better.
Here you can enjoy three science jokes. Like a joker would say: Don't take it too seriously, most probably you've got enough problem anyway. So, laugh it off and have a nice weekend!
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Climate change forces rethinking of conservation biology planning

Many protected areas do not take into account the potential long-term effects of climate change.
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Countries need to consider long-term effects of climate change in protected areas

For more than a decade, countries around the world have made progress in expanding protected area networks to conserve the planet's biodiversity. But according to a new study published in Global Change Biology, the locations of these protected areas do not account for the potential long-term effects of climate change.

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Vienna or Greenenna - Dancing Waltz in a Sustainable Way

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The Greenest City in the World

In 2020, marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Resonance Consultancy did thorough research and published its "World's Greenest Cities" ranking. Not surprisingly, the first place went to Vienna. This is the result of many years of careful city planning and integration of environment protection measures into the city development. But how and why Vienna won this recognition?

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