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Shaking up biomolecules with light

(—In living organisms, biomolecules such as proteins are constantly in complex motion, bending and flexing in different ways at different points. Each molecule has its own vibrational dynamics which affects its ...

dateSep 28, 2012 in General Physics
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Study of giant viruses shakes up tree of life

A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study reshapes the universal family tree, adding ...

dateSep 13, 2012 in Evolution
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Salt seeds clouds in the Amazon rainforest

It's morning, deep in the Amazon jungle. In the still air innumerable leaves glisten with moisture, and fog drifts through the trees. As the sun rises, clouds appear and float across the forest canopy ... but where do they ...

dateSep 10, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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