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Rapid seed dispersal of hornets facilitates the reproduction of agarwood plants

Rapid seed dispersal of hornets facilitates the reproduction of agarwood plants

Horns consume and move fresh fruit of Aquilaria sinensis. Credit: ZHU Renbin Aquilaria sinensis (family Thymelaeaceae) is the main source of Chinese agarwood. It is a vulnerable evergreen tree at home in lowland forests in southern China. Its fruit ripens during the warm season June-August. But most of its fruit is released on sunny hot-dry …

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Dying stars can seed interstellar medium with carbon nanotubes

Dying stars can seed interstellar medium with carbon nanotubes

News – In the mid-1980s, the discovery of complex carbon molecules driving through the interstellar medium attracted much attention, with perhaps the most famous examples being the Buckminster Fuller, or “buckyballs” – spheres consisting of 60 or 70 carbon atoms. But scientists have struggled to understand how these molecules can form in space. In a …

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