The UK landscape, naked mole rat genome and plant pollination tricks

Termites and biofuel: Mike Scharf from Purdue University and colleagues explored how enzymes found in the guts of termites could be useful in breaking down biomass—that is, branches, leaves and other woody debris—to hasten the production of biofuels. As he said in a recent press release, “For the most part, people have overlooked the host termite as a source of enzymes that could be used in the production of biofuels. For a long...

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The Edges of Nature

This post contributed by Nadine Lymn, ESA Director of Public Affairs Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line. —Mandelbrot, The Fractal Geometry of Nature As the year 2010 draws to a close and we find ourselves in the midst of winter’s icy grip, we might pause to marvel at the geometric beauty of a snowflake.  Earlier this year,...

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