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In Animals, Female Attractiveness is About More than Finding a Mate

In animals, female attractiveness is about more than finding a mate
March 29, 2017

Just like us, animals can be show-offs.

The giant plumage of a peacock and the green head of a mallard are evolutionarily designed to get the attention of peahens and female mallards, but flash and ornamentation are not strictly male attributes.

These clean-burning stoves may help sustainably feed nations

These clean-burning stoves may help sustainably feed nations
March 29, 2017

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there are currently more than 65 million people around the world who have been displaced from their homes. That figure amounts to one in every 113 people and is the highest number in history.

Lake Mattamuskeet: From Formation, to World's Largest Pumping Plant

Lake Mattamuskeet is North Carolina’s largest natural lake at 40,000 acres. 

Not surprisingly, the lake is a big draw for hunters, fishermen, bird watchers and others looking for wildlife and outdoor-dependent recreation. The lake is surrounded by an additional estimated 10,000 acres of marsh, timber and cropland which together make up the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. 

Synthetic Stem Cells Could Help Reverse Heart Failure

Synthetic stem cells could help reverse heart failure
March 6, 2017

In many ways, the heart is like a tire. Its elastic walls handle immense pressure, and work tirelessly to keep the rest of the body moving. Like a tire, the walls of the heart can wear down over time, the elastic does not spring back as readily as it used to and the tire cannot hold up to the high pressure the way it did when it was new.

Silver Nanowires Could be Key to Printable Electronics

Silver nanowires could be key to printable electronics
March 3, 2017

Every smart phone, computer and electronic device relies on conducting circuits: loops of material that funnel electrons through a device. As electronics get more sophisticated, however, engineers are looking for new ways to make circuits that are more flexible and that can work on different surfaces.

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