Science News – January 23rd, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, a new study has found that the memory capacity of our brains may be 10 times what was previously estimated. The brain may be able to hold as much as a petabyte of information, equivalent to the World Wide Web. Researchers found that the size of synapses has more variation than was previously believed, allowing for more complexity and more memory capacity. Read more from Tech Times here.

Second, scientists have found that Venus flytraps “count”, in the sense that they can ramp up their digestion depending on the number of times their trigger hairs have been touched by an insect. The researchers repeatedly triggered the sensitive hairs of the plant and found that the more the plant is triggered the more hormones and digestive enzymes it releases. Read more from BBC News here.

Third, scientists have woven the first 3D structure out of nano-materials. The fabric made of COFs, or covalent organic frameworks, are often used to store things like hydrogen and methane. The ability to weave the material makes them more flexible and resilient, and they can be used in applications such as sequestering carbon and converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, an important process for industry. Read more from Tech Times here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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