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Plastic Electronics Cease Stretching Credulity

An experimental electronic plastic's liquid-metal interior keeps electrical connections intact even after the plastic stretches to more than four times normal size. Larry Greenemeier reports...

July 6, 2012

White Rot Fungi Slowed Coal Formation

The evolution of the ability to break down a plant's protective lignin largely stopped the geologic burial of carbon that formed present-day coal deposits—and may provide secrets to making biofuels from inedible parts of plants...

June 28, 2012 — David Biello

IV Oxygen Foam Could Buy Breathing Time

Animals with blocked windpipes maintained stable blood oxygen levels and heart rates after receiving injections of oxygen-filled microparticles. Sophie Bushwick reports

June 27, 2012

Flying Jets with Microbes

Brazil has long fueled its cars with ethanol brewed from sugarcane, but now the world's first airplane powered by crop has flown over Rio de Janeiro—thanks to genetically engineered microbes...

June 23, 2012

Human-Eye Precursor Grown from Stem Cell

The achievement, with an "optic cup" that contains multiple layers of photoreceptors, raises hopes for repairs of damaged eyes in the clinic

June 15, 2012 — David Cyranoski and Nature magazine
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