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Golden gypsum crystals

Thirsty? Then suck on a stone!

Whilst it is claimed that only the taxman can get blood out of a stone, it seems that some plants can abstract water from stone-like minerals. Arguably, ahead of light, water is the most important abiotic factor that...

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Fungus genome figured

Sticking with fungi (Aha! The ‘Melbourne Code card’ duly played!), but a more benign side this time is this uplifting tale. In the West we are generally aware of the power of plants to provide medicines; but we tend to...