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How the zebrafish gets its stripes

The zebrafish, a small fresh water fish, owes its name to a striking pattern of blue stripes alternating with golden stripes. Three major pigment cell types, black cells, reflective silvery cells, and yellow ...

dateAug 28, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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Solar fuels as generated by nature

(Phys.org) —Society's energy supply problems could be solved in the future using a model adopted from nature. During photosynthesis, plants, algae and some species of bacteria produce sugars and other energy-rich ...

dateAug 21, 2014 in Materials Science
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Two dynamos drive Jupiter's magnetic field

(Phys.org) —Superlatives are the trademark of the planet Jupiter. The magnetic field at the top edge of the cloud surrounding the largest member of the solar system is around ten times stronger than Earth's, ...

dateAug 21, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Swirling electrons in the whirlpool galaxy

The whirlpool galaxy Messier 51 (M51) is seen from a distance of approximately 30 million light years. This galaxy appears almost face-on and displays a beautiful system of spiral arms.

dateAug 20, 2014 in Astronomy
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Coffee withdrawal

Coffee: It leaves some people feeling fit and refreshed; in others, it makes their heart race. Scientists have developed several decaffeination processes to allow even people who react badly to caffeine to ...

dateAug 14, 2014 in Other
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Patent solution in a canning jar

From shopping bags to shampoo bottles to plastic watering cans – many everyday objects both large and small might look very different if it hadn't been for the invention of chemist and Max Planck researcher ...

dateAug 12, 2014 in Materials Science
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Illuminating the dark side of the genome

Almost 50 percent of our genome is made up of highly repetitive DNA, which makes it very difficult to be analysed. In fact, repeats are discarded in most genome-wide studies and thus, insights into this part ...

dateJul 29, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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