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A model grass gets its genomic profile

The grass species known as the purple false brome, Brachypodium distachyon, has great potential as a model plant for research due to its short generation time, small size, small genome and ease of breeding. ...

Dec 13, 2013
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Quantum dots make efficient decisions

Even the simplest forms of life face an endless barrage of decisions—where to search for sustenance, for example, or how to avoid predators. Various mathematical models can mimic these decision-making processes, ...

Nov 22, 2013
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In search of a sugar's secrets

The discovery of the origin of enigmatic 'waste' sugar molecules within the cell also hints that they serve some as-yet-undefined function.

Nov 08, 2013
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Self-healing hydrogels ease into production

Hydrogels are semi-solid materials formed by polymer chains that trap water molecules into three-dimensional gels. They are used in a variety of applications, including soft contact lenses, but the fragile ...

Nov 01, 2013
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