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After 20 years of trying, researchers have finally convicted massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia as the culprit in...
Five federally funded optical and radio telescopes in the United States could be forced to shut down over the next 3...
A 2-year budget agreement pushes back the threat of sequestration but leaves scientists still wondering how much money...
After a decade away from physics, Robert Laughlin, a Nobel laureate at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California,...
Computer scientists and others have teamed up to persuade the 117 state parties to the Convention on Certain...
The swine flu pandemic of late 2009 had a peculiar aftereffect in parts of Europe: a spike in children being diagnosed...
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Video: There's No 'I' in 'Spore'
27 September 2010 2:37 pm
Spreading disease is difficult work, especially for fungal spores that can launch themselves only 3 millimeters into the air. But some plant-infecting fungi—such as the white mold infamous for destroying garden vegetables—have found a way to expand their reach. By ejecting in synch, spores (such as those from white mold seen in this video) generate thin streams of air that propel them up to 10 centimeters high, according to a high-speed imaging study reported online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Spores that eject early are crucial to creating the air wave, but they don't go as far. Cheaters don't prosper, however: If a spore ejects too late, it misses out on the air wave and falls quickly back to Earth.
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