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Brookhaven’s Joe Gettler interviewed biologist Ben Babst about his pioneering plant biology research – here’s an excerpt: Ben Babst has seen things that no one else has ever seen before. A plant biologist in Brookhaven Lab’s Biosciences Department, Babst is among pioneering researchers who are some of the first in the world to study plants…

Mantis shrimp, or stomatopods, are the planet’s most powerful bare-knuckle boxers, armed with dactyl clubs that literally fly faster than a speeding .22 caliber bullet. Each strike boils the surrounding water and creates a tiny cavitation bubble, which then implodes with a sonic pop that can render targets unconscious. Consider that: if the strike itself doesn’t get you,…

Replication Tango

There are many complex steps to the dance of DNA replication. And scientists must learn to sway along in order to understand how both healthy and cancerous cells divide. Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have begun to learn how to follow the complex molecular choreography by which intricate cellular proteins recognize and bind to DNA…

At first glance, this video might look like it’s playing in reverse. But don’t worry, these stroboscopic images were patched together in the right order. Courtesy of Labcyte, Inc. The video shows a technique called acoustic drop ejection (ADE) – an idea based on sending ultrasonic waves near the surface of a liquid to eject…

Just One Word…Plastics

This one-liner from the 1967 classic “The Graduate” might have made Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) cringe: But 43 years later, it’s obvious that Mr. McQuire was onto something. Today, it’s hard to imagine life without plastic, from brushing your teeth in the morning to pouring yourself a glass of milk. We produce so much of…