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Plants 'talk' to plants to help them grow

Having a neighborly chat improves seed germination, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology. Even when other known means of communication, such as contact, chemical and light-mediated signal ...

May 06, 2013 3.8 / 5 (28) 8 | with audio podcast

Computer program takes on protein puzzle

(PhysOrg.com) -- All proteins self-assemble in a fraction of the blink of an eye, but it can take a long time to mimic the process. And there has been no guarantee of success, even with the most powerful computers - until ...

Jul 06, 2010 4.2 / 5 (9) 1 | with audio podcast

Can cannibalism fight infections?

Whenever humans create a new antibiotic, deadly bacteria can counter it by turning into new, indestructible super-bugs. That's why bacterial infection is the number one killer in hospitals today. But new research ...

Feb 02, 2009 4.6 / 5 (8) 1

Looking for signs of early life

(PhysOrg.com) -- Deciphering the very early history of life on Earth is difficult. In the darkest recesses of the first billion years there are no 'body' fossils - no physical remains. Instead, scientists ...

Jul 08, 2009 4 / 5 (9) 0