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How did phosphate get into RNA?

The phosphate ion is almost insoluble and is one of the most inactive of Earth's most abundant phosphate minerals. So how could phosphate have originally been incorporated into ribonucleotides, the building blocks of RNA, ...

dateAug 18, 2016 in Biochemistry
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Researchers watch catalysts at work

Physicists at the University of Basel have succeeded in watching a silver catalyst at work for the first time with the aid of an atomic force microscope. The observations made during an Ullmann reaction have allowed the researchers ...

dateAug 17, 2016 in Materials Science
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Cellular snowplow keeps genes open

A new discovery at Michigan State University has revealed how special genes stay open for business, helping diagram a mechanism that plays a key role in fighting inflammation and infections.

dateAug 16, 2016 in Biochemistry
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Wood windows are cooler than glass

Engineers at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) demonstrate in a new study that windows made of transparent wood could provide more even and consistent natural lighting and better ...

dateAug 16, 2016 in Materials Science
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