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Users of post-publication peer review forums like PubPeer often question perceived inaccuracies in scientific papers. Are the journals that published those papers paying attention?

Seeing Red

Reef fish, once thought to be unable to see red wavelengths, not only fluoresce deep red, but males of some species react to seeing their own bioluminescent pattern.

Reanimated Chickens and Zombie Dogs

In praise of weird science at the edge of life

Life in the Slow Lane

The speed of water flowing around coralline algae, a critical member of coral reef and coastal seaweed communities, affects their response to ocean acidification.

Meal Plans

Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.

Connecting the Dots

Mary Jane West-Eberhard has spent her career probing the evolutionary relationship between social behavior and developmental flexibility.

Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840

Zoologist John Gould undertook a financially risky expedition to document the birds of Australia—and found some unique mammals in a perilous situation.

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Scientists use optogenetics to swap out negative memories for positive ones—and vice versa—in mice.

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Users of post-publication peer review forums like PubPeer often question perceived inaccuracies in scientific papers. Are the journals that published those papers paying attention?

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Researchers link a gene already tied to alcohol dependence with a neurotransmitter involved in anxiety and relaxation.

The Japanese institution will downsize, rename, and relaunch the research center at the heart of the stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency controversy.

The pharma giant strikes a deal to acquire InterMune, a Brisbane, California-based biotech with only one product—a treatment for a fatal lung disease.

Readers discuss the varied amounts of time they’ve waited for journals to respond to or act on their concerns regarding published papers.

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August 2014

Nearly 30 years after the discovery of tiny barrel-shape structures called vaults, their natural functions remain elusive. Nevertheless, researchers are beginning to put these nanoparticles to work in biomedicine.

From bioimaging to drug delivery and therapeutics, nanotechnology is poised to change the way doctors practice medicine.

Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.

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Through her Street Anatomy blog, medical illustrator Vanessa Ruiz has connected with a diverse array of arists who draw inspiration from the human body.

Supercentenarian Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper appeared on CNN in 2009, before donating her body to science and yielding insights into her remarkable longevity.

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