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Physics World April 2018

Plants Physics; A blossoming field of research

In this issue:


There are five features for you to tuck into, including one Feynman would surely have loved, examining the ingenious disordered nanostructures that help flowers to become coloured and attract pollinators.

You can also learn about the challenge of growing plants in space, a physics technique to image a plant’s roots, and a “pump-free” system for cooling hypersonic planes that mimics the “transpiration” that carries water from a tree’s roots to its leaves. We end by asking: could quantum physics explain photosynthesis?

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Also out now: Physics World Focus on Nanotechnology

Swimming upstream: Nanoparticles on the move for medicine

Novelty to necessity: Flexible electronics for a mass market

Beyond graphene: Applications of 2D materials

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