3 Chemicals in Well Water Linked to Birth Defects

Water doesn’t have to smell or look wrong to be dangerous—especially to embryos in the first few weeks of development. A new study links three contaminants—nitrates, atrazine, and arsenic—to birth defects, and cautions people who get their drinking water from private wells...
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Nanotubes Get Organized to Form Films

The films can be separated from their backgrounds and show potential for use in electronic and photonic applications. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice)
Researchers from Rice University have released another breakthrough discovery explaining how nanotubes get organized to form films. A simple filtration process helped researchers create flexible, wafer-scale films of highly aligned and closely packed carbon nanotubes. Scientists have made inch-wide films of...
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Body Heat Makes Polymers Move, Do Tricks

“Tuning the trigger temperature is only one part of the story,” says Mitch Anthamatten, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Rochester. “We also engineered these materials to store large amount of elastic energy, enabling them to perform more...
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