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Microbial Fuel Factories

By | September 1, 2013

An archaeon takes the first steps toward making a liquid fuel from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas.

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Shell Sculpture

By | September 1, 2013

A mathematical model explains the physical mechanisms behind the formation of seashell spines, an insight that could shed light on the convergent evolution of the trait.

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Remodeling Myelin

By | August 1, 2013

New oligodendrocytes in the adult mouse brain appear to remodel existing myelin sheaths, which may fine-tune the speed of nerve impulses.

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Shushing RNA

By | August 1, 2013

The cell detains potentially harmful RNA messages in the spliceosome long enough to create interfering RNAs against the aberrant messages.

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Floppy Cells

By | July 29, 2013

Cell division in L-forms—bacterial variants that have no cell walls—could shed light on how primitive life forms replicated.

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Cool Genes

By | July 1, 2013

A thermosensitive ion channel helps C. elegans live longer at cold temperatures.

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Groovy Color

By | July 1, 2013

To control their color displays, squid fine-tune the optical properties of light-reflecting cells by rapidly expelling and imbibing water across a tightly pleated membrane

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Transport Breakdown

By | July 1, 2013

Deficiencies in a cellular motor that carries a serotonin receptor are associated with anxiety in mice.

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Bird Bullies

By | June 1, 2013

Regular supplies of food for scavenger birds in Spain may not be the most effective conservation strategy, as smaller birds are bullied away.

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Loss of Potential

By | June 1, 2013

In the fruit fly, the ability of neural stem cells to make the full repertoire of neurons is regulated by the movement of key genes to the nuclear periphery.

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