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Understanding Radiation:  Atoms and Isotopes

Understanding Radiation: Atoms and Isotopes

Let’s start at the beginning, with atoms. We probably all have a rough idea of what an atom looks like. The center, or nucleus, is made up of pieces called protons and neutrons, and this is surrounded by a cloud of electrons. Protons have

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Meat Judging Competition: International merit awaits

Meat Judging Competition: International merit awaits

Students get a taste of the serious business of meat judging. From March 2 to 4 this year, over 50 university students from all over Japan will participate in the third annual Japan Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) competition to be

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Can you sleep at night?

Can you sleep at night?

New research may change how we use light to treat sleep disturbance and seasonal depression. Long ago, people lived according to the cycle of the sun. Ancient people woke up as the sun rose, and went to sleep as the

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Sushi gene is found

Sushi gene is found

Researchers believe genes have transferred from marine bacteria to gut microbes. In an article published in Nature on 8 April 2010, J. H. Hehemann and other researchers reported that marine bacteria which stick to seaweed have transferred their genes to

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Chicken cells determine sex by themselves

Chicken cells determine sex by themselves

Unusual embryonic development in chickens can result in strange mixed-sex birds. In vertebrates, it has been thought that the sex of somatic cells—general body cells excluding sperm and ova—is determined by sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, which are

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