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  1. fruit from the plant Chrozophora tinctoria
    Chemistry

    Ancient recipes led scientists to a long-lost natural blue

    Led by medieval texts, scientists hunted down a plant and extracted from its tiny fruits a blue watercolor whose origins had long been a mystery.

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  2. Element character illustration
    Physics

    Here’s how the periodic table gets new elements

    Today’s scientists keep adding to the periodic table. But an element has to earn its spot.

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  3. beets and blue dye made from beets
    Chemistry

    Beets bleed red but a chemistry tweak can create a blue hue

    A new blue dye derived from beet juice might prove an alternative to synthetic blue dyes in foods, cosmetics or fabrics.

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  4. coronavirus computer illustration
    Health & Medicine

    You can help fight the coronavirus. All you need is a computer

    With Folding@home, people can donate computing time on their home computers to the search for a chemical Achilles’ heel in the coronavirus.

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  5. movie theater
    Chemistry

    Thirdhand smoke wafting off moviegoers hurts air quality in theaters

    Nonsmoking theaters can still get exposed to cigarette-related pollutants carried in on audience members’ bodies and clothing.

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  6. isopropanol ethylene glycol mix droplet
    Chemistry

    Evaporating mixtures of two liquids create hypnotic designs

    Through the magic of surface tension, mixtures of two liquids form fingerlike protrusions and other patterns as droplets evaporate.

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  7. Nuclear waste storage beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada
    Materials Science

    The containers the U.S. plans to use for nuclear waste storage may corrode

    The different components of a nuclear waste storage unit start to corrode each other when wet, new lab experiments show.

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  8. espresso drip
    Chemistry

    How to brew a better espresso, according to science

    To make more consistent and affordable espresso shots, use fewer beans and grind them more coarsely, a new study says.

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  9. young star jet
    Space

    Phosphorus, a key ingredient of life, has been found in a newborn star system

    Astrochemists map phosphorus-bearing molecules in a star-forming cloud, giving clues to how this vital element may have arrived on Earth.

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