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  1. a gloved hand holds plastic pack rings (to hold six canned beverages together), behind the rings is a beach
    Chemistry

    50 years ago, scientists developed self-destructing plastic

    In the 1970s, scientists developed plastic that could quickly break down when exposed to light. But that didn’t solve the world’s pollution problems.

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  2. several makeup items - lipstick, a compact, blush brush, mascara - sit on a cream-colored background
    Chemistry

    Many cosmetics contain hidden, potentially dangerous ‘forever chemicals’

    Scientists found signs of long-lasting PFAS compounds in about half of tested makeup products, especially waterproof mascaras and lipsticks.

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  3. side by side images of a yellow, anchor-shaped object
    Chemistry

    A sweet father-son bond inspires tasty new molecule models

    New edible models of proteins could spark students’ interest in the world of chemistry, especially students who are blind.

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  4. soybean plant leaves infected with Fusarium virguliforme fungus
    Agriculture

    Nanoscale nutrients can protect plants from fungal diseases

    Applied to the shoots, nutrients served in tiny metallic packages are absorbed more efficiently, strengthening plants’ defenses against fungal attack.

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  5. Lightning storm in Texas
    Earth

    Lightning may be an important source of air-cleaning chemicals

    Airplane observations show that thunderstorms can directly generate vast quantities of atmosphere-cleansing chemicals called oxidants.

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  6. before and after images of dish of compost breaking down plastic
    Chemistry

    A new technique could make some plastic trash compostable at home

    Embedding enzymes inside biodegradable plastics makes them truly compostable, which could mitigate the plastic waste problem.

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  7. atoms of a high-temperature superconductor
    Physics

    Can room-temperature superconductors work without extreme pressure?

    The next generation of materials that conduct electricity with no resistance could shrug off the need for high pressure and low temperatures.

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  8. illustration of lightning striking early Earth
    Earth

    Phosphorus for Earth’s earliest life may have been forged by lightning

    Lightning strikes can supply one of life’s essential elements, long thought to be delivered by meteorites billions of years ago.

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  9. illustration of a molecule acting as a quantum bit
    Quantum Physics

    ‘Designer molecules’ could create tailor-made quantum devices

    Scientists are making molecules suited to a variety of quantum tasks by building them up, atom by atom.

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