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a drop of water, a speck of coal

When water drop appears at the tip of the needle, an invisible force seems to seize it and float it in air.

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the web of science

A few strands of spider silk glisten like gold as they catch the light. Otherwise they are invisible. And 800 times stronger than steel.

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Forest by Nature

In much of the Southeast, the landscape’s native vocation is forest. But when European settlers arrived here, they did not find a forest primeval, wild and pristine.

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Rooms for getting better

“The Patient Room 2020 mock-up is very high tech, but it’s not about that,” Dina Battisto says. “It’s about restoring hope and comfort and control to patients and their families.”

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quantum heretic

In the warm winter sunshine, a distinguished man stands on the curb outside a local bank, wearing a casual jacket, his dark, curly hair stranded with silver.

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Genetics and the coat of many colors

The blue merle walks into the room, her long, luxurious coat following the geography of her body like contour lines on a hiking map. Everyone gazes at her, reaches to touch her, wants to be her friend.

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Material advantage and the power of light

Fiber optics spread the Internet around the globe, but the science of light is just warming up. And so is the science of rust.

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The cabinet of curiosity

Drew began to see the landscape in new ways. It could still be personal and lovely, but now there was also conflict, powerful new technology, and layers of documentation: data sets and scientific symbols, lines on maps.

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As close as someone you care about

Brian Booth is looking for a way to tame a wild child. Cancer is genetics’ wild child, relentless, growing from cell to tumor, restless, reaching from brain to bone, reckless, destroying even the body it makes home.

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here comes the sun

In the corners of Lee 3, small red bulbs are glowing. This means, keep the windows closed. Today is a red-light day, the weather gray and cold.

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