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  • ​Even if an armored military vehicle isn't destroyed when a land mine detonates underneath it, its occupants can still receive traumatic brain injuries. Scientists are trying to keep that from happening, with a new shock-absorbing system that could also have applications in civilian products.
  • ​Titanium alloys are some of the strongest materials we can build with, but they can be expensive. Now, there's a way to make an alternative that literally grows on trees. Using a new “densification” process, a team made “super wood”, which has the strength and toughness of steel.
  • ​In a new study destined to amplify the paranoia of those already bacteria-phobic individuals, a team of scientists has found evidence revealing the influenza virus is more easily transmissible that previously thought. The virus was shown to be passed on to others simply through exhaled breath.
  • A new study has revealed a strange gut-brain connection between traumatic brain injury and intestinal damage. It shows a complex two-way interaction between gut dysfunction and brain inflammation.
  • ​Inside everyone's middle ear are three tiny linked bones known as ossicles. When these bones are damaged, a condition called ossicular conductive hearing loss results. A more effective treatment for it may now be on its way, thanks to 3D printing technology.
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    ​In some parts of the world, one of the main ways of obtaining drinking water involves using the heat of the sun to boil salty or tainted water. That process, known as "solar steam generation," may soon be made simpler and less expensive … using burnt wood.
  • ​​Back in 2015, a team of scientists made a battery breakthrough by using salty water as an electrolyte to offer a potentially safer and greener alternative to commercial lithium-ion batteries, The same team has now powered up its design to a point where it could be used in household appliances.
  • ​Asteroid 2012 TC4 hasn’t been seen since its last brush with our planet 5 years ago, but astronomers knew it would return in October 2017. Right on cue, the building-sized rock has now emerged from the darkness of space, and its trajectory has been calculated.
  • When it comes to fighting malaria, researchers not only need to stop the killer cold in its tracks, but they also have to ensure their solutions harm only disease-carrying mosquitos and not the rest of the environment. A new turbocharged fungus promises to do exactly that.
  • ​Don't be surprised if in a few years television commercials for skin cream start touting that they are "now formulated with methylene blue." That's because research out of the University of Maryland (UMD) has shown that the common antioxidant can reverse the effects of aging on our skin.
  • What if, like computers, the immune system could be reprogrammed to restore the body’s functions? Scientists at the University of Maryland have done just that with paralyzed mice, using an experimental treatment that might one day reverse the effects of autoimmune diseases in humans.​​
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    Researchers from the University of Maryland have created an electrogenetic “switching” system in bacterial cells that influences the way the single-celled organisms behave, linking organic and electronic systems together.