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Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity July 20, 2014:

UC Berkeley researchers are developing ultra-sensitive bomb detectors using tiny laser sensors. Experiments showed that the nanoscale plasmon sensors could detect airborne explosives at concentrations below one part per billion, a result that is much more sensitive than published results to date for other optical sensors.

Worm, fly development surprisingly similar, Berkeley study finds

Worm, fly development surprisingly similar, Berkeley study finds July 2, 2014:

Grad student Jingyi Jesscia Li, plant and microbial biology professor Steve Brenner and colleagues compared the genes activated during development in the early fruit fly and nematode (C. elegans) and found them to be surprisingly similar. Fruit flies actually use these genes twice, once during larval development and again during metamorphosis. The research is part of the modENCODE project.