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Next Generation: A Molecular Camera

By | March 14, 2012

Knocking electrons out of atomic orbit with a laser allows researchers to take femtosecond-scale “movies” of molecules in motion.

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Ovarian Stem Cells in Humans?

By | February 27, 2012

Adult human ovaries contain a population of stem cells capable of generating immature egg cells.

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Opinion: Good, But Not Good Enough

By | February 22, 2012

Funding only outstanding researchers is increasing the gap between good and great labs and forcing some out of science in search of a bigger paycheck.

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Building Flowers

By | February 16, 2012

An architecture graduate constructs intricate botanical illustrations using the computer graphics programs intended to design buildings.

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Next Generation: Rockets for the Gut

By | February 14, 2012

Researchers develop a tiny device that motors around the stomach, fueled by its acidic environment.

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Freeze-tolerant Flies

By | February 13, 2012

Two steps help Drosophila melanogaster larvae survive freezing conditions.

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Next Generation: World’s First Nano-ear

By | February 10, 2012

A new device can detect sounds a million times fainter than the hearing threshold of the human ear.

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Opinion: No Objections to Nano?

By | February 3, 2012

While biotechnology has met with mixed public reactions, to date nanotechnology seems to invoke much less public concern.

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RNA Chases Its Tail

By | February 2, 2012

New research suggests that circular RNA transcripts are not as rare as previously thought.

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Opinion: Celebrities Pushing Drugs?

By | January 30, 2012

Celebrity spokespeople for pharma companies can manipulate the public’s understanding of disease.

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