By: Ryan Wheaton
Sadly, this will be the second to last newsletter I'll be doing. My contract with Science is coming to an end and, as a result, I won't be able to provide you with awesome info in science. Thanks for reading and it was a ton of fun!
Viral Disease -- Particularly from Herpes -- Gaining Interest as Possible Cause of Coral Decline—As corals continue to decline in abundance around the world, researchers are turning their attention to a possible cause that's almost totally unexplored -- viral disease. [Link]
Oscillating Gel Acts Like Artificial Skin, Giving Robots Potential Ability to 'Feel'—Sooner than later, robots may have the ability to "feel." In a paper published online March 26 in Advanced Functional Materials, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) demonstrated that a nonoscillating gel can be resuscitated in a fashion similar to a medical cardiopulmonary resuscitation. [Link]
Electricity and Carbon Dioxide Used to Generate Alternative Fuel—Imagine being able to use electricity to power your car -- even if it's not an electric vehicle. Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have for the first time demonstrated a method for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity. [Link]