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Next: estrogen effects
April 2012

0412_NextEstrogen drives male snakes crazy. Crazy for other male snakes that is.

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Next: brain clock
March 2012

0312_NextA transcontinental flight or all-night study session renders even the sharpest among us a bit fuzzy headed. Now for the first time researchers at OSU have shown that disrupting our “biological clock” does more than make people tired.

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Smart grapes
Jan/Feb 2012
0112_NextPinot noir enthusiasts have another reason to rave about their beloved red wine: The grapes of the famous cultivar may be a little bit smarter than some other varieties.
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Next: heat energy
December 2011

1211_NextChemistry is like cooking. Except instead of tenderizing a pork roast with lime, spices and soy sauce, a chemist might mix up a batch of indium cobalt antimony, sink the concoction in copper oxide and then nuke the results in the microwave.

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Better birth control
November 2011
1111_NextBirth control methods typically work in one of two ways. The first is via physical obstruction, and the second is through manipulation of biological systems. Now researchers at OHSU are developing a new female contraceptive that combines both.
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Next: microchips restore eyesight
October 2011
1011_NextRichard Taylor, a University of Oregon professor of physics, art and psychology, is putting his combined talents to work on a microchip to help people who have lost their sight see again.
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Magnetic nanobeads detect chemical and biological agents
July 2011
0711_NextA multi-disciplinary team at Oregon State University is using nanoparticles of iron oxide to help detect chemical and biological agents, proving again Neil Young’s truism that rust never sleeps.
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OSU researchers invent better microchannel heat exchangers
June 2011
0611_NextOregon State University engineers have invented a new way to produce microchannel heat exchangers that could cut material costs in half by using surface-mount adhesives instead of heat-intensive methods.
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Plastic from poplars
May 2011
0511_NextOSU professors want to harvest plastics from poplar trees. Success could potentially provide a more sustainable alternative to oil-based plastics.
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A stronger surgical seal
April 2011
0411_NextA product made from naturally occurring human fibrinogen is under development as a high-strength surgical sealant.
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Hot and cold energy
March 2011
0311_NextWithout sufficient storage capabilities, alternative energy is inconsistent and unreliable. Richard Peterson, professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, is developing a thermal energy storage system that competes with current energy storage methods.
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