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2007-09-28 12:00:00

PARIS -- Critics who praise the "complexity" of red Burgundy and Champagne are on target. A team of French and Italian researchers has mapped the genome of the pinot noir grape, used to make bubbly and many red wines from France's Burgundy region and around the world - and it has about 30,000 genes in its DNA. That's more than the human genome, which contains some 20,000 to 25,000 genes. The team published its findings in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature, saying it identified the nearly...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.