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#14
April 2001

From David Bradley Science Writer and
Advanced Chemistry Development

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Have you ever wondered how plants know which way is up?  It's not just a question children ask adults, but one that vexes agricultural scientists who would like to know how to optimize the growth of crops and for NASA researchers planning future missions to the stars where getting plants to grow efficiently is nigh on impossible without the training effects of gravity.

   
Why just burn natural gas?  The growing need for reliable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly power sources might be addressed with the development of fuel cells that run on natural gas.   

   
You want to quit smoking? Naturally. A herbal remedy for depression might also help smokers kick the habit if research underway at the School of Pharmacy at the University of London proves positive.

 
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Snapshots of Celebrity Molecules
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ACD/Labs Scholar of the Year 2000 Award
    We are pleased to announce Graduate Stream winners.
Reminder: Entries for the Undergraduate Stream of this contest are still being accepted.


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