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In the course of our research for clients, we come across emerging technologies, new materials, new chemistries, growing markets, changing regulatory landscapes, innovative business models, and much more. Every other Friday, we pick five articles, videos, or podcasts that we found interesting and send them your way.

MEDICINE

Molecular Drills Tear into Superbugs’ Antibiotic Defenses

Bacteria are quickly evolving resistance to our best drugs, threatening to make the most mundane infections lethal once again. Now, researchers at Rice University have developed a new method to kill these emerging superbugs, using molecular “drills” to pierce their cell walls. The same technique has also been shown to work on cancer cells. [NEW ATLAS]

ENERGY | AUDIO

How Much the U.S. Relies on Oil From the Middle East

Helima Croft, managing director and global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, delivers an incredibly tight summary on why the U.S. remains dependent on Middle East oil despite being the top producer of oil and natural gas in the world. [NPR]

LEADERSHIP

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Want to become mentally tougher? Here’s a list of things that people with the critical hallmarks of mental strength don’t do. [LIFEHACK]

HEALTH

98.6 Degrees Fahrenheit Isn’t the Average Anymore

Nearly 150 years ago, a German physician analyzed a million temperatures from 25,000 patients and concluded that normal human-body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. But at least two dozen modern studies have concluded the number is too high. [WSJ]

NATURE

A Zoo’s Jungle Cats Would Like Your Leftover Perfume, Preferably Calvin Klein

Large jungle cats have expensive taste: they are . . . well . . . obsessed with Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men. The ingredient they find irresistable is civetone, a lab-made copy of the pheromones of the civet, a cat-like mammal found in Africa and Southeast Asia. The scent is used by researchers to attract animals in the wild and used like catnip by zookeepers to keep the animals from getting bored. [WASHINGTON POST]

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In the course of our research for clients, we come across emerging technologies, new materials, new chemistries, growing markets, changing regulatory landscapes, innovative business models, and much more. Every other Friday, we pick five articles, videos, or podcasts that we found interesting and send them your way.

ROBOTICS | BIOLOGY | ETHICS

Scientists Use Stem Cells from Frogs to Build First Living Robots

Designed by an evolutionary algorithm and less than 1mm long, researchers at the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University used cells from African clawed frogs to create programmable living organisms. If ethical concerns can be navigated, the “xenobots” could one day deliver drugs in the body, locate and digest toxic materials, and clean microplastic pollution from the oceans. [THE GUARDIAN]

COATINGS | MATERIALS

Smudge-Proof, Bendable Coating Resists Scratches

Researchers at Queen’s University in Ontario have created the first coating that is wear-resistant, flexible, transparent, and omniphobic. And it’s easy to make. [C&EN]

PRODUCTIVITY

Let’s Face Facts, The Digital Revolution Has Been a Huge Disappointment

The paradox of increasing investment in digital technology yielding negligible productivity growth is a conundrum that has left economists baffled. What must be done to shift these results in a better direction? Learning from past mistakes, making different choices, and putting the technology to good use is a start. [DIGITAL TONTO]

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE | HUMOR

We Shouldn’t Bother the Feral Scooters of Central Park

In this absurdist tale of feral scooters in the not-so-distant-future, optics research scientist and author Janelle Shane considers what can happen when artificially intelligent systems evolve. [NYT OPINION]

PHOTOGRAPHY | NATURE

How One Photographer Captures the Glory of Birds in Flight

If birds could leave visible trails in the sky, what would they look like? Catalan photographer Xavi Bou found out, and here he shares some of the astonishing—almost alien—images he captured. [ATLAS OBSCURA]

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