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Bricks Can Be Turned into Batteries

Pumping cheap iron-oxide-rich red bricks with specific vapors that form polymers enables the bricks to become electrical-charge-storage devices.

September 10, 2020 — Shahla Farzan

Star Systems Can Be Born Topsy-Turvy

Astronomers observed an odd triple-star system that offers clues about misaligned planetary orbits. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 3, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Why Lava Worlds Shine Brightly (It’s Not the Lava)

Scientists determined that “lava world” exoplanets do not derive their brightness from molten rock but possibly get it from reflective metallic clouds. Christopher Intagliata reports...

August 12, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Translucent Frog Optics Create Camo Color

Rather than undergoing active chameleonlike color changes, glass frogs’ translucency allows light to bounce from their background and go through them—making their apparent color close to their setting...

August 4, 2020 — Emily Schwing
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