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"Extremophytes" - Plants With Weird and Fascinating Properties

"Extremophytes" - Plants With Weird and Fascinating Properties | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plant "Extremophiles"?Recently, I was reading about a new species of metal-eating plant discovered in the Philippines, and I discovered a new word (to me, at least). This new word is "extremophyte"...
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Organic 'computers' made of DNA could process data inside our bodies

Organic 'computers' made of DNA could process data inside our bodies | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A DNA-powered PC may not be on the horizon, but DNA can still compute even if it can't build a computer.
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Google-powered map shows that deforestation isn't just about the Amazon

Google-powered map shows that deforestation isn't just about the Amazon | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
New data from the tech giant and the University of Maryland reveal previously overlooked deforestation in Southeast Asia and West Africa.
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Question: when is a seed not a seed?

Question: when is a seed not a seed? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
This article explores the future potential for DOI numbers to be used in identifying plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
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Gut bacteria play vital role in benefits and harms of different fats: Mouse data

Gut bacteria play vital role in benefits and harms of different fats: Mouse data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The impact of different dietary fats on our health may be mediated by the changes the cause in our gut bacteria ecosystem, according to new research. 
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Climate change will bring greater biodiversity to world seas

Climate change will bring greater biodiversity to world seas | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Tropical marine animals that currently thrive in warm habitats around the equator will have to spread north and south to avoid extinction as global sea temperatures rise, a study has found.
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Marijuana Use May Lower Sperm Counts 'Quite a Lot'

Marijuana Use May Lower Sperm Counts 'Quite a Lot' | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Smoking pot frequently may lower men's sperm counts, a new study finds.
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High-performing surgical adhesive utilizes nanoparticles

High-performing surgical adhesive utilizes nanoparticles | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In the quest to develop better ways of sealing wounds, scientists have created adhesives inspired by porcupine quills, mussels and slugs. Not all good ideas have to come from the animal kingdom, however. Recently, researchers have had success using a solution that incorporates nanoparticles.
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Nanoparticle solutions as adhesives for gels and biological tissues : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Nanoparticle solutions as adhesives for gels and biological tissues : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Adhesives are made of polymers because, unlike other materials, polymers ensure good contact between surfaces by covering asperities, and retard the fracture of adhesive joints by dissipating energy under stress. But using polymers to /`glue/' together polymer gels is difficult, requiring chemical reactions, heating, pH changes, ultraviolet irradiation or an electric field. Here we show that strong, rapid adhesion between two hydrogels can be achieved at room temperature by spreading a droplet of a nanoparticle solution on one gel/'s surface and then bringing the other gel into contact with it. The method relies on the nanoparticles/' ability to adsorb onto polymer gels and to act as connectors between polymer chains, and on the ability of polymer chains to reorganize and dissipate energy under stress when adsorbed onto nanoparticles. We demonstrate this approach by pressing together pieces of hydrogels, for approximately 30 seconds, that have the same or different chemical properties or rigidities, using various solutions of silica nanoparticles, to achieve a strong bond. Furthermore, we show that carbon nanotubes and cellulose nanocrystals that do not bond hydrogels together become adhesive when their surface chemistry is modified. To illustrate the promise of the method for biological tissues, we also glued together two cut pieces of calf/'s liver using a solution of silica nanoparticles. As a rapid, simple and efficient way to assemble gels or tissues, this method is desirable for many emerging technological and medical applications such as microfluidics, actuation, tissue engineering and surgery.
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There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up

There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
With the right "push-pull" planting combos, African farmers can ward off pests, fertilize crops, feed animals, and even withstand drought.
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How Cities Can Beat the Heat

How Cities Can Beat the Heat | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Rising temperatures are threatening urban areas, but efforts to cool them may not work as planned
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Mediterranean Eating Habits Prove Good for the Brain

Mediterranean Eating Habits Prove Good for the Brain | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A Mediterranean-style diet may slow memory loss, even if adopted late in life
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Study shows plant species' genetic responses to climate change | (e) Science News

Study shows plant species' genetic responses to climate change | (e) Science News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A study by the University of Liverpool has found that the genetic diversity of wild plant species could be altered rapidly by anthropogenic climate change.
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Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener

Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Attracting the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticides
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Why Is Powdered Caffeine Dangerous?

Why Is Powdered Caffeine Dangerous? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Caffeine is in coffee, tea and other products that we consume every day, so why is the powdered form dangerous?
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Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait

Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new study shows how some parasitic plants evolved the ability to sense a potential host — and then send out root-like structures to feed on them.
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Racing the Melt: The Quest for Heat-Resistant Chocolate | SciTech Connect

Racing the Melt: The Quest for Heat-Resistant Chocolate | SciTech Connect | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Learn how a Ghanaian chocolate bar is able to withstand high temperatures and avoid melting, forcing the rest of the industry to look to heat-resistant chocolates.
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Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis

Yale Environment 360: Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf That Efficiently Mimics Photosynthesis | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Build Like a Bee With Biomimicry — Medium

Build Like a Bee With Biomimicry — Medium | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The truth is, natural organisms have managed to do everything we want to do without guzzling fossil fuels, polluting the planet or…
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Strawberries, Basil and Beans Thrive in Underwater Greenhouses

Strawberries, Basil and Beans Thrive in Underwater Greenhouses | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The produce aisle goes undersea in a new approach to farming
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Organ Repair, Hemostasis, and In Vivo Bonding of Medical Devices by Aqueous Solutions of Nanoparticles - Meddahi-Pellé  - 2014 - Angewandte Chemie International Edition - Wiley Online Library

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Feature: Revealing the hidden dangers of dietary supplements

Feature: Revealing the hidden dangers of dietary supplements | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Revealing the hidden dangers of dietary supplements
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Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers

Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it’s time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of diets, argue public health experts.
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All eyes on supplement sold with 77 x safe vitamin E levels

All eyes on supplement sold with 77 x safe vitamin E levels | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Luxembourg’s ministry of health has warned consumers not to buy a product containing 77 times the recommended safe daily dose of vitamin E.
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Vegetation Essential for Limiting City Warming Effects

Vegetation Essential for Limiting City Warming Effects | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
NASA scientists now show that for any urban area covered in part by impervious surfaces, be they downtowns, suburbs, or interstate roads, the average summer temperature rise is 1.9C.
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