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Why do pine stands exist?

I live in the midwestern United States. I cycle to work, sometimes on heavily wooded roads, and I can't help but notice that in most places within the surrounding deciduous forests Pine and evergreen ...
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What is this beetle?

During a pit stop on the road from North Carolina to New York (somewhere in Delaware) I found the following (dead) insect in the car park: As you can see from the quarter next to it (25 mm ...
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What is the name of this big plant with a purple trunk and green to purple berries? [duplicate]

I have photographed the following plant in our garden in Pittsburgh, PA. Do you know the name of the plant?
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How do Type I restriction enzymes work?

According to NCBI, type I REases have a specific target sequence but randomly make cuts at sites far from the target sequence. How does the restriction enzyme travel from the target sequence to the ...
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Is oxidative phosphorylation less efficient in gram positive bacteria?

Gram negative bacteria perform oxidative phosphorylation in their periplasmic regions, between the inner and outer membrane where a proton gradient is maintained and used by the ATP synthase to make ...
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Null distribution of Blomberg's K

I've noticed different functions in different R libraries have different ways of assessing significance for Blomberg's K. For instance, picante's phylosignal looks at a distribution of PIC variance ...
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When did CRISPR/Cas9 evolve and what is the likelihood that a superior system for live cell genome editing has already evolved on earth since then?

I've read that CRISPR/Cas9 is currently being implemented and tested for its ability to edit genomes in live cells, and that it is supplanting other genome editing tools in labs, such as TALENs and ...
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What are the atmospheric requirements for large dinosaurs?

What are the atmospheric requirements for large dinosaurs? and are the atmospheric constituents for supporting large dinosaurs any different from the atmosphere today?
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sex limited genome transmission

In general, for dioecious species, a large portion of the genome passed from parents to offspring of both sexes - in mammals the X-chromosomes and autosomes are passed from a mother to both daughters ...
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What is a protective epitope?

What is a protective epitope? An epitope is basically a part of antigen. So does it mean that when the epitope combines with an antibody, it helps in the functioning of the antibody instead of going ...
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How can oxygen production during photosynthesis be measured? [duplicate]

I'm curious how people measure quantitatively photosynthetic rate in labs. I've seen many qualitative examples with direct observations of bubbles forming in water due to photosynthetic output of ...
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Is severe but short-term pain worse than moderate but prolonged pain for the body?

I'm wondering about the effects of different durations and intensities of pain on the body. So the two can be compared, let's say that the cause of pain is the same in both cases, but in one the ...
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What can myelination tell you about the evolution of sensory receptors?

I am reading Avi Chaudhuri's Fundamentals of Sensory Perception and wondering if the information given about the somatosensory system could tell us anything about the way it evolved. It seems (at ...
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Pollinator mating system in orchids

I came across three terms in an article on pseudocopulation. However I don't quite understand what it means. They are: 1) solitary and haplodiploid 2) social and haplodiploid 3) diploid These ...
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What does the term 'epitope mapping' mean? [closed]

Epitope mapping means identifying the binding site of antibodies on the target antigen. This means that the site to be identified is part of the antigen and not antibody, am I right?
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Where I can find information about the study of animal vision?

I read a lot of articles on the internet about how dog see the the world. But I can't find the source of these study. I want to know how did scientist setup the experiment to find out animal vision. I ...
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What is the mechanism of oxygen uptake in E. coli?

How does E. coli uptake oxygen? Most of the literature I found is concerned with response to oxygen level supplied in the medium, as opposed to how much is actually transported inside. Can they shut ...
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What are the effects of sleep deprivation?

Having recently pulled an "all-nighter" while trying to fix a fatal bug in our release code, I started thinking of any health risks that I might have. What are the adverse effects of staying up for ...
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258 views

Does the fossil record disprove Evolution? [closed]

It is said by people opposed to Evolution, that the fossil record contradicts and disproves it. They say all the animals suddenly appeared, exploded everywhere, were fully formed, had no transitions, ...
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501 views

What happens to bones that do not heal?

I would like to know the steps the body takes to heal a broken bone and what happens if it cannot heal properly. I am not looking for advice or explanations on resting and not doing activity, I am ...
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517 views

What is the fastest growing bacterium?

E. coli has a generation time of about 20 min, and a single CFU will generate a colony a few millimeters in diameter after 16 hours of incubation. Is this the upper limit? How much faster can ...
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Duplicity Vs. Singularity of Mammals Organs [closed]

Are there known evolutionary reasons why mammals contain 2 of some organs (such as lungs and kidneys) and only 1 of some (such as liver)?
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Is there a difference between drinking water straight from the tap compared to leaving it to sit?

An idle question - if a glass if filled from the tap and consumed immediately, it contains some dissolved oxygen from the physical process of moving through the pipes & tap. If left out ...
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How do I perform recurring pattern mining or regular expressions of nucleotide sequences?

I am interested in performing nucleotide sequence pattern-mining (regular expressions) which is 12 characters (sequences) in length from a dataset. Is that possible to script using MATLAB?
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1answer
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Do bees make honey from fallen fruit?

I know bees make honey from nectar, and I know they drink the juice of fallen fruit, but do they actually make honey from fruit, or do they only eat from it for themselves?
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Do flies actually take off backwards?

I've been told that flies take off backwards, but I haven't really been able to prove it to myself. The closest I've gotten was noticing that they fly into window glass back-first, with their heads ...
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1answer
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Would it be possible to force the pineal gland to release dimethyltryptamine on command?

To my knowledge, the pineal gland is responsible for the release of dimethyltryptamine (DMT) upon death. Would it be possible to force the pineal gland to release this DMT while still living?
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What is an Ihh-/- mouse?

This one is too basic question: I just came across $Ihh^{-/-}\ $ mouse. Is that means this mouse devoid of that gene Ihh. What is this sign called and are there other such representations?
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What is the smallest scale at which blood vessels, nerves and other structures are deterministic?

Super simple question, but I can't find the answer on the Internet (and I'm in a foreign country so the library is not English.) As the title says, what is the smallest scale at which blood vessels, ...
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Hoechst red and blue spectra - what does the red emission tell us?

I understand that the blue spectrum is emitted when Hoechst 33342 binds to nuclear DNA. But what exactly is the red spectrum telling us? I read that the red spectrum can be indicative of apoptosis, ...
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1answer
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Do snail shells increase the number of rounds with age?

Do snail shells increase the number of rounds with snail age?
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1answer
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Does a woman's G-spot actually exist? [closed]

Does a woman's G-spot actually exist? Are there any research studies? Links: G-spot (Gräfenberg spot) at Wikipedia U.S. gynaecologist says he has found the G-spot
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What class of histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor is sodium valproate (VPA)?

VPA is a known HDAC inhibitor. But I cannot find what class it is. What class is it? And is there any method of finding an answer better than floundering with Google?
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Why some muscles have more tendons than others?

Very interesting examples to me are Trapezius or Latissimus - they both have places with more tendons than muscles. Taking into account that now they contract weaker and slower with all these tendons, ...
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Do human neurons in a petri dish do different things from chimpanzee neurons

I want to know if qualitative experiments have been done growing chimpanzee neurons and human neurons in vitro and have any differences emerged, such as the amount of connections per neuron or ...
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1answer
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Gastro-intestinal physiology reference

I am a physicist but I have always wanted to understand how my digestion takes place in as much detail as possible. I have no idea about books or reference on the subject of Gastro-intestinal and ...
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1answer
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What are the minimal chemical requirements for a food which we all can eat? [closed]

I've been puzzled by the following though experiment for the past few days: I want to make my own food from scratch, but I do not know where to start from. I want to be 100% sure that what I eat will ...
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1answer
161 views

What is the functional significance of the difference in cardiolipin/cholesterol ratio in different membranes?

I have read somewhere that the plasma membrane has little cardiolipin but excess cholesterol whereas the inner mitochondrial membrane is rich in cardiolipin and has little cholesterol.I just wanted to ...
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1answer
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Pectinase Enzyme Assay

I am working on pectinase enzyme assay. I incubated 900 ul of substrate for 10 minutes in the water bath, followed by adding 2ml of DNSA reagent, then 100ul of enzyme extract added finally i read the ...
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1answer
162 views

Is this a plant or a fungus?

It was soft and covered in flies. My guess is fungi.
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Do I need to use the same WT C57BL individual for back-crossing or can I use a new one for each generation?

I've just received heterozygote C57BL mice from COMP and I need to start back-crossing them. I've read many colony management protocols, but couldn't understand if I need to use the same WT mouse for ...
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EM Brainwaves VS Brain Wave (EEG) [closed]

The brain purportedly produces very weak EM waves. EEG is a method of measuring electrical brain activity, it has classifications for the types of brain wave it can detect: Theta, Alpha, Beta, Gamma ...
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Can anyone identify this bird?

Can anyone identify this bird: it looks like a zebra finch but they are not native to UK are they? Photo taken from my garden in Shoreham, West Sussex on 16/8/2014.
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Why do obese people tire quickly?

Fat people have a large amount of calories (energy) stored, but I have noticed all time when they do physical activities they get tired fast in comparison to fit people - why does this happen?
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Compatibility drugs info

Let's suppose that I take a DrugA for ProblemA and then I got this ProblemB and started to take DrugB. Are there general rules I can look up to figure out whether I can take DrugA & DrugB ...
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Why does replication require primers while transcription does not?

In transcription, there is no need for any primer. I guess the basic mechanism of DNA polymerase & RNA polymerase is the same. So why does replication have the need for a primer?
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71 views

What are the dimensions in angstrom of bacteria? [closed]

I'm going to take a picture of a bacteria but I am unsure how large it is. What are the dimensions in angstrom of bacteria?
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Why is high fructose corn syrup unhealthy?

I understand that high fructose corn syrup was found to have detrimental effects on peoples' health. Why is this so?
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Why ml scale blood retrieval is required to run a blood test?

Substances found in blood are present at microscopic scale and tend to be invisible to the unaided eye. Why is a whole vial of blood (at ml scale) is required to assess the presence and concentration ...

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