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Brachypodium distachyon

STOMATA SUPERSTARS  Scientists have gained new insight into why grasses like Brachypodium distachyon have extra-efficient stomata, adjustable pores on leaves that help regulate the exchange of water and gases between a leaf and the outside world. 

an itchy mouse

MOUSE SEE, MOUSE ITCH  Like people, mice experience sudden itches after seeing other mice scratch — a boon for studying the neuroscience of contagious behaviors.

animals and their earwax

WHAT’S IN YOUR EAR?  Studying earwax (sample below the type of animal donor species) might inspire new ways to reduce dust buildup.

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