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Recipe for Flies' Eyes: Crystallize

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Science  08 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5719, pp. 191
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5719.191a

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA-- From 21 to 24 March, more than 6500 gathered to ponder flowing solids, splashless droplets, and living crystals. The striking hexagonal pattern in a fly's compound eye forms in the same way that a crystal grows, say physicists who have modeled the chemical interactions driving the process.