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Fascinating 10 facts about fungi

Fungi are in a kingdom of their own but are closer to animals than plants They have chemicals in their cell walls shared with lobsters and crabs A fungus has been discovered capable of breaking down plastics in weeks rather than years There is evidence to suggest that yeasts – a type of fungus –…

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Julia Flores Colque’s 118th birthday is coming

SACABA, Bolivia — Julia Flores Colque still sings with joy in her indigenous Quechua tongue and strums the five strings of a tiny Andean guitar known as the charango, despite a recorded age of almost 118 years. In her long life, she has witnessed two world wars, revolutions in her native Bolivia and the transformation of…

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Citrate test

Citrate test

Principle: The citrate test detects the ability of an organism to use citrate as the sole source of carbon and energy. Bacteria are inoculated on a medium containing sodium citrate and a pH indicator such as bromothymol blue. The medium also contains inorganic ammonium salts, which are utilized as sole source of nitrogen. Use of citrate…

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Bionic Movements: Connecting Mind and Machine

When you lose the use of a limb, even the simplest of daily tasks can turn into a challenge. High-tech devices can help restore independence. New technologies are even making it possible to connect the mind to an artificial limb. These artificial limbs are called bionic prosthetic devices. “To get back some of that lost function,…

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