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Butterfly wing structure informs the design of solar panels

Mimicking the airy architecture of the Rose butterfly’s wings, a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have created ultra-efficient thin-film solar cells.Mimicking the airy architecture of the Rose butterfly’s wings, a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology […]

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An injectable contraceptive, with no hormonal side effects?

Men may soon have access to a new convenient option for male birth control. Scientists at the California National Primate Research Center have been running extensive tests on a product called Vasalgel. Designed to be safe, less invasive, and reversible, a small amount of the gel is injected into the vas deferens, the tube that […]

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Tweeting Trump: How much power do 140 characters have?

It’s official: following the election @realDonaldTrump has gone from 140 characters to 280, now with the addition of the official Presidential Twitter account. The newly minted POTUS has expressed his desire to maintain both his personal and presidential accounts. For years Twitter has faced reproach for being unable to address the torrent of racist, sexist, […]

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Women in science: is sexism still a problem?

Peer review is the stringent process by which scientists check each other’s work. Within two of the most prestigious scientific journals, Science and Nature, women make up just 26 per cent of first authors in submitted research papers, and just 20 per cent of all peer reviewers nominated. Similar statistics are seen in journals throughout […]

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Groundbreaking procedure may have cured British man of HIV

Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In 2008, Timothy Ray Brown – known as the Berlin Patient – became the first man in history to be entirely cured of HIV. To save his life during a horrific battle with Leukaemia, Brown was given a bone marrow transplant – essentially remaking his immune system. The […]