Connecting the Dots

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

Speaking of Science

August 2014's selection of notable quotes

Feng Zhang: The Midas of Methods

Core Member, Broad Institute; Investigator, McGovern Institute; Assistant Professor, MIT. Age: 32

Science Speak

Contests that challenge young scientists to explain their research without jargon are turning science communication into a competitive sport.

Capsule Reviews

The Myth of Mirror Neurons, Curious, Shadow Medicine, and Doctored

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Analysis of 40 European archaeological sites suggests a gradual extinction of Neanderthals over thousands of years.  

The moderators of the post-publication peer review forum say they could be facing their first legal case.

image: Interspecies RNA Shuffle

Interspecies RNA Shuffle


Researchers report the first example of large-scale RNA-based communication between species—a parasitic plant and two of its hosts. 

image: Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity

Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity


Low doses of antibiotics early in life lead to adult obesity in mice, a study shows.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Tens of thousands of African elephants have been illegally killed in the last four years, a report shows.

People with the neurodegenerative disease are more likely to have certain epigenetic patterns than those without.

Researchers find that microRNAs may play a role some of the sexual differences seen in fruit flies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.

Current Issue

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.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

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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DrySyn MULTI from Asynt converts any standard hotplate stirrer into a high performance reaction block.

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