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Polysaccharide molecules such as cellulose, seen here, are long chains of sugars that are very hard to break apart. Enzymes – proteins that can degrade polysaccharides – have many industrial uses. CeresVesta/Wikipedia

Scientist at work: Bio-prospecting for better enzymes

Bio-prospecting is the search for useful materials from natural sources. A biologist explains what we can learn from bacteria about breaking down plant material, and how we can use that knowledge.
Language matters in every class: English, math, history and science. Rawpixel / Shutterstock.com

The sound of inclusion: Why teachers’ words matter

In English and science alike, every student and teacher brings his or her own language patterns to class. But how can educators make sure that language bias doesn't harm student achievement?
Graves at the memorial center Potocari, near Srebrenica. AP Photo/Amel Emric

Bosnia’s 25-year struggle with transitional justice

How long does it take to make peace? Decades after the end of the Bosnian war, just one in six residents felt that country had reached reconciliation.
Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp, viewed from below at London’s Park Plaza Hotel. Doc Searls/Wikimedia Commons

From the mundane to the divine, some of the best-designed products of all time

We asked five design experts – what's your favorite product of all time, and why?
The world is searching – will we protect ourselves? Graphic via shutterstock.com

The WikiLeaks CIA release: When will we learn?

The latest release from WikiLeaks, of information about CIA hacking efforts, is yet another reminder of how Americans and our government must better protect our secret information.
Trump’s budget director, left, says White House spending priorities are straight out of the president’s mouth. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Why Trump’s ‘skinny’ budget is already dead

Trump is proposing a budget with little substance and filled with politically toxic spending cuts, making it very unlikely to go anywhere, even in a Republican Congress.
Red-breasted Nuthatches are irrupting this winter across North America. Heather Elaine Ritchie/Flickr

When birds go roaming: The mystery of avian irruptions

During bird irruptions, hundreds or thousands of a single species show up outside their normal territory. Most of what we know about irruptions comes from data collected by citizen scientists.
Donald Trump is famously attached to his phone. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

How to secure a smartphone for the tweeter-in-chief

The best way to protect a presidential device is to keep it off the internet altogether. If that's not going to happen, how else can such a sensitive gadget be kept safe?
Static electricity can cause more than just a bad hair day. Ken Bosma

Static electricity’s tiny sparks

These mini lightning bolts have been known for millennia. Understanding static electricity at the atomic level opens the door for new technologies – as well as ways to cut down on the tiny zaps.
Shopping by smartphone is taking off. Credit card and mobile phone via shutterstock.com

Cyber Monday gives a big boost to mobile commerce

Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.
All indications are that voting was not subject to a cyberattack. Ballot box via shutterstock.com

This election was not hacked – but it was attacked

Though there is no indication hackers affected the outcome of the election, we still must act to improve the cybersecurity of American elections.
Check up. Mike Blake/Reuters

Why insurance companies control your medical care

Cost and quality issues have long plagued the U.S. health care system because insurance companies both finance and manage medical care. So how did we get stuck with this system in the first place?

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