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cool idea I wish I had thought of- seeing 10 billion different colors because one eye has five cones
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10 weeks ago by abbenm
74 Things That Blew Our Minds in 2017 - The Atlantic
the environmental and geological observations here are amazing. When I think of a "cyberpunk" (ugh) perspective of natural history, it's something like this
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december 2017 by abbenm
Scientists capture colliding organic nanoparticles on video for first time
The research team used liquid-cell transmission electron microscopy to directly image how polymer-based nanoparticles, or micelles, that Gianneschi's lab is developing for treating cancer and heart attacks change over time. The powerful new technique enabled the scientists to directly observe the particles' transformation and characterize their dynamics.
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november 2017 by abbenm
Research reveals microbial threat to key nutrient
What we discovered … is the gut microbiome can actually deprive a host of this critical nutrient, and that has a lot of consequences for host biology," Balskus said. "I think that's why this is a significant finding—it turns our normal thinking of how gut microbes participate in nutrition on its head. We tend to think about the gut microbiome as playing a beneficial role in nutrition, and that's definitely a role for it, but this work shows that under certain conditions the microbiome can also consume nutrients the host needs, and that can be a problem."

What we discovered … is the gut microbiome can actually deprive a host of this critical nutrient, and that has a lot of consequences for host biology," Balskus said. "I think that's why this is a significant finding—it turns our normal thinking of how gut microbes participate in nutrition on its head. We tend to think about the gut microbiome as playing a beneficial role in nutrition, and that's definitely a role for it, but this work shows that under certain conditions the microbiome can also consume nutrients the host needs, and that can be a problem."
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november 2017 by abbenm
Using polymeric membranes to clean up industrial separations
There are scores of promising technologies under development that can reduce energy consumption or capture carbon in fields including biotech, computer science, nanotechnology, materials science, and more. Not all will prove feasible, but with a little funding and nurturing, many could help solve the planet's grand challenge.
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november 2017 by abbenm
World's smallest tape recorder is built from microbes
Yes! A perfect idea for what I'm interested in. Gene and microbe based technological applications (again, just for a cool story, nothing else. I don't know no science)
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november 2017 by abbenm

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