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31 Jul
The response of forest ecosystems to drought is increasingly important in the context of a warming climate. Anderegg et al. studied a tree-ring database of 1338 forest sites – [Read More]
31 Jul
Boron (a Lewis acid) and nitrogen or phosphorus fragments (both Lewis bases) tend to pair up. Keeping them separated on opposite ends of the same molecule creates a “frustrated” Lew – [Read More]
31 Jul
Jumping on land requires the coordinated motion of a number of muscles and joints in order to overcome gravity. Walking on water requires specialized legs that are designed to avoid – [Read More]
31 Jul
Global warming apparently slowed, or even stopped, during the first decade of the 21st century. This pause is commonly called the “hiatus.” We know, however, that Earth's climate sys – [Read More]
31 Jul
The actin cross-linking domain (ACD) is an actin-specific toxin produced by several bacterial pathogens. Heisler et al. discovered that ACD's pathogenic mechanism involves – [Read More]
31 Jul
Mammals produce alternative forms of the Orai1 protein, which forms the pore of various calcium channels. This involves using two different translation initiation start sites in the – [Read More]
31 Jul
Obesity and other diseases are somehow linked to malfunction of the protein-protecting functions of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Yang et al. propose a mechanism by which – [Read More]
31 Jul
Antibodies are stalwart protectors against infection, but even they need a little help from their friends. Through a process called affinity maturation, T follicular helper (TFH) – [Read More]
31 Jul
Crystals grow in a number a ways, including pathways involving the assembly of other particles and multi-ion complexes. De Yoreo et al. review the mounting evidence for these – [Read More]
31 Jul
Two-dimensional materials such as graphene are attractive materials for making smaller transistors because they are inherently nanoscale and can carry high currents. However, graphene – [Read More]
31 Jul
The seeds of parasitic plants need to be able to sense their host's presence to germinate at the correct time and in the correct place. This is done through the detection of plant hormones, – [Read More]
31 Jul
The magnetic field protects Earth's surface from deadly cosmic radiation and provides clues about the planet's interior. Tarduno et al. found that some of the oldest minerals – [Read More]
31 Jul
The reaction of fluorine atoms with hydrogen molecules has long provided a window into the subtle effects of quantum mechanics on chemical dynamics. Kim et al. now show that – [Read More]
31 Jul
We thought we knew all we needed to about the tumor suppressor p53. However, Yoon et al. now describe a previously unrecognized function of p53 (see the Perspective by Zitvogel – [Read More]
31 Jul
Two electrons in a vacuum repel each other because they carry like charges. But in a metal, with a bunch of other electrons, in some ways they behave as if they didn't interact. This – [Read More]
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