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New approaches to diagnosing bacterial infections may one day allow the identification of pathogens and their antibiotic susceptibility in a matter of hours or minutes.

The Love Bug

A mysterious iridovirus outbreak in a lab colony of crickets reveals the virus’s ability to spur increased sexual activity.

Imaging Intercourse, 1493

For centuries, scientists have been trying to understand the mechanics of human intercourse. MRI technology made it possible for them to get an inside view.

Laser-Guided Chastity

Scientists devise a precision-targeted system for training, tracking, and tweaking fruit fly social behavior.

Spineless Sex

Not to be outdone by vertebrates, invertebrates employ a suite of interesting structures and behaviors to accomplish procreation.

Fatty Pheromones

A new class of pheromones, triacylglycerides, helps male fruit flies mark their mates to deter rivals.

Bird’s-Eye Proteomics

A guide to mass spectrometers that can handle the top-down-proteomics challenge

Size Matters

The disproportionately endowed carabid beetle reveals that the size of female—and not just male—genitalia influences insemination success.

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Some genetic abnormalities that appear to have sprung up independently in children are in fact present in a portion of their parents’ cells.

An improved tissue-clearing technique makes whole animals transparent.

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Prepped for the Long Sleep

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Hibernation-related proteins are common even in non-hibernating animals, a study shows.

Researchers have identified three fat cell-specific surface markers that distinguish white from brown and beige adipocytes.

The Nutshell

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The diminutive birds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone, a study shows.

Zhihua Zou, formerly of Nobel Laureate Linda Buck’s lab, engaged in research misconduct that resulted in the retraction of two highly cited papers.

Epigenetic and genetic changes in the SKA2 gene are correlated with suicidal behaviors, researchers show.

The Kardashian Index reflects how a scientist’s social media presence stacks up against her citation record.

Current Issue

July 2014

Sexual selection doesn’t end when females choose a mate. Females and males of many animal species employ an array of tactics to stack the deck in their reproductive favor.

Birds do it. Bees do it. We do it. But not without a physical, biochemical, and genetic price. How did the costly practice of sex become so commonplace?

Across the animal kingdom, dominance isn’t the only way for a male to score. Colluding, sneaking around, or cross-dressing can work, too.

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

Capsule reviewed author Ian Leslie sets up his latest book, Curious, about the human propensity to wonder and learn.

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