Archive: 07/28/2011

How cotton was born

A coming together and genetic merging of an American plant with an African or Asian plant one or two million years ago produced the ancestor of the bush that now provides 90% of the world’s commercial cotton. And although ...

dateJul 28, 2011 in Evolution
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Shaping the plants of the future

A hormone that determines the size and shape of crops could improve harvests, and help in the control of a vampire plant according to Queensland researchers presenting their work today at the International Botanical Congress ...

dateJul 28, 2011 in Biotechnology
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Historic Arabic medical manuscripts go online

Researchers may now search and browse the Wellcome Library’s Arabic manuscripts using groundbreaking functionalities in a new online resource that brings together rich descriptive information and exceptionally detailed ...

dateJul 28, 2011 in Other
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Deep-ocean sentinels on northern climate watch

Three deep-ocean moorings have become the foundation for a new drive to measure change in currents linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans through the Indonesia Archipelago – a key factor influencing Australia’s ...

dateJul 28, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Common Korean surname tells tale of nationhood

The most common surname in Korea – Kim – has been traced back 1500 years using a statistical model, providing evidence of a strong, stable culture that has remained intact to this day.

dateJul 28, 2011 in Other
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Israeli high-tech is improving US education

For years, teachers have been complaining about large class sizes, an old-fashioned learning environment and a lack of support for students with different learning styles. Now Dovi Weiss, a Ph.D. student from Tel Aviv University's ...

dateJul 28, 2011 in Social Sciences
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Colugos glide to save time, not energy

Gripping tightly to a tree trunk, at first sight a colugo might be mistaken for a lemur. However, when this animal leaps it launches into a graceful glide, spreading wide the enormous membrane that spans its legs and tail ...

dateJul 28, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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