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Plastic tracks could reduce the cost of Olympic “sliding” events and make the sports more environmentally friendly and accessible.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Researchers use computer simulations to learn how water forms different kinds of ice.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Researchers create safer batteries with perforations that prevent full-scale failures.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Devices made from bacteria-filled hydrogel inks sense chemicals and perform logic operations.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

New study on how cans crumple sheds light on general mechanical properties of metal cylinders.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Two experiments test a 50-year-old theory on particles that move in a straight line.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Two hands grab a wishbone in front of a Thanksgiving table

Follow these three basic tips to increase your chances of ending up with the bigger side of the bone (infographic).

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Scientists look to nature to make a glue that can bind wet surfaces together.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

French scientists have created a material with convention-defying magnetic properties.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

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