Cellulose is the most abundant plant polymer, and its chemical manipulation has been a goal for years. Now in just two steps, a plastic starting material can be made from raw cellulose sources in decent yield that could be used to make useful plastics that are biodegradable outside of an industrial composter.

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The American medical system should be free from racial prejudice, but science tells us this isn’t the case. Here we take a look at the history of racism in medical research and why it’s important for everyone, from trainees in the biomedical sciences to the general public, to be educated about

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Sleeping has evolved in every animal despite it’s apparent lack of useful adaptation. When we’re asleep, we can’t run from predators, hunt food or do other activities necessary to survive. But, sleep is very useful for our overall health and brain health, so many animals have found a number of crazy adaptations to get the benefits of sleep and minimize the risk.

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