Washington University in St. Louis

Scientists stitch up photosynthetic megacomplex

When sunlight strikes a photosynthesizing organism, energy flashes between proteins just beneath its surface until it is trapped as separated electric charges. Improbable as it may seem these tiny hits of ...

Nov 28, 2013
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Frost flowers will bloom soon

Alan Templeton, PhD, of Washington University in St. Louis, has an unusual screen saver on his office computer. If you ask him about it, he'll tell you it is a frost flower, or ice flower. The "flowers" are ...

Oct 24, 2013
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Ignorance is sometimes bliss

A range of examples suggests a lack of information about their fellows can favor cooperation and prevent conflict among animals—and even among genes.

Oct 23, 2013
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Weighing the Antarctic ice sheet

One of the last big unknowns in the global climate equation is Antarctica. How stable is the Antarctic ice sheet? More than a mile thick, on average, it locks up 70 percent of the Earth's fresh water.

Sep 27, 2013
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