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2012-10-24 23:57:48

The study of materials at extreme conditions took a giant leap forward with the discovery of a way to generate super high pressures without using shock waves whose accompanying heat turns solids to liquid. This discovery will allow scientists for the first time to reach static pressure levels exceeding four million atmospheres, a high-pressure environment where new unique compounds could be formed, materials change their chemical and physical properties and metals become insulators. ...

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2009-06-20 08:32:38

German botanists working in the rainforests of Ecuador have discovered a plant that "pretends" to be ill.  The plant fakes its illness to prevent attacks by mining moths, which would eat the plants' otherwise healthy leaves. The discovery is the first known example of a plant that feigns being sick, and might explain a pattern seen on plant leaves known as variegation, which many species of plant exhibit. For a variety of causes, variegated plants have different colored patterns on the...

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2009-01-26 13:46:48

More frequent freeze-thaw cycles intensify soil processes More frequent freeze-thaw cycles in winter can increase biomass production according to the results of a recent study conducted by the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), the University of Bayreuth and the Helmholtz Center in Munich. For their experiment at the Ecological-Botanical Garden of the University of Bayreuth the researchers installed underground heating on their plots, thereby enabling five additional thawing...

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2008-11-06 16:20:00

Extreme weather events have a greater effect on flora than previously presumed. A one-month drought postpones the time of flowering of grassland and heathland plants in Central Europe by an average of 4 days. With this a so-called 100-year drought event equates to approx. a decade of global warming. The flowering period of an important early flowerer, the common Birds-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) was even shortened by more than a month due to heavy rain and started flowering early by...

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2008-08-18 12:05:00

German scientists say their detailed microscopic analysis of hair fibers interacting with each other will lead to better shampoos and conditioners. The chemists from Bayreuth, Germany, said they conducted the first detailed microscopic analysis of what happens to individual hair fibers when they interact with each other. "For the first time, we present an experimental setup that allows measuring the subtle forces, both physical and chemical, that arise when single hairs slide past each...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'