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Article Released Wed-31st-October-2007 20:23 GMT
Contact: Ruth Institution: Nature Publishing Group
 Laser-protected wheat

Treating wheat seeds with lasers can help them grow into plants that are resistant to ultraviolet radiation and drought.

31 October 2007

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Seed treatment: Laser-protected wheat
Treating wheat seeds with lasers can help them grow into plants that are resistant to ultraviolet radiation and drought

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Biomaterials: A synthetic cocoon
The combination of two templating approaches leads to the assembly of a complex, synthetic silkworm-cocoon-like material

Mental training: The benefits of short-term meditation
Integrative body-mind training can improve attention, lower stress and provides a convenient means for scientists to study the effects of meditation

Laser ablation: Capturing a piece of the action
Scientists in China have recorded the action of an ultrashort laser pulse blasting away material from a block of aluminium

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