Tagged: imaging


The wavelengths and photon energies of X-rays

Hospital procedure harms patients…

What would you think if you saw that as a headline? You’d rightly be concerned. After all, you’d assume it was about human patients and, being a human, you’d understandably want to be (re)assured that any procedure carried out on your body in a hospital is safe and not likely to cause you damage. Fear not. This item is about plant ‘patients’.* Not that causing them harm is all right, but at least the pressure’s off from a personal health-harming point of view. But, what’s the story here? It’s a ‘rapid report’ (sciencepublicationspeak for something that is considered ought to...

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New methodologies…

In the olden days – e.g. the 19th Century – science was severely hampered by the lack of technology to perform the experiments that those gentlemen (sorry, gentlewomen…) of the 20th and 21st Centuries of great vision and imagination conjured up. Today, we have access to an unparalleled arsenal of techniques and equipment to test our hypotheses (it is often our imagination that lets us down…). But that is not to say that we can’t use even more new methods and kit. So, here’s a bit of a catalogue of recent developments/break-through technologies in plant biology. Whilst hormones (plant growth...

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