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DETOX  Rice plants can convert arsenic to a different form in their roots to push the toxic element back into the soil.

various tomatoes

UNITED NATIONS OF TOMATO  Studying the genetics of flavor in heirloom tomatoes (shown) suggests ways to breed more taste into supermarket varieties, a new study finds.

fairy circles

WHODUNIT  Called fairy circles, the mysterious patches of bare soil in the Namib Desert may form thanks to a mix of fighting termites and competing plants, scientists propose.

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