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Playing Minecraft can boost creativity, study

Contrary to the traditional belief that gaming is merely an addictive source of entertainment and diversion, recent research focused on rarely tested outcome: creative...

Placenta-on-a-chip to study caffeine transport from mother to fetus

Using microfluidic technology, engineers at Iowa State University have invented a placenta-on-a-chip that models transmission of compounds from a mother to fetus. According to...

Losing just a few hours of sleep can make you angrier

Sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress. You probably know firsthand that sleep affects mood. After a...

Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to create semiconductors

Semiconductors are everywhere. They’re on our computers and our cell phones. They’re usually in high-end, high-value products. While semiconductors may not contain rare materials,...