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Patchy Plankton

By | December 1, 2013

Turbulence interacts with the stabilizing efforts of motile phytoplankton to create small-scale patches of toxic, bloom-forming organisms.

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Bacterial Scaffolders

By | November 1, 2013

In mycelial bacteria, a protein that self-assembles into cytoskeletal networks is recruited to growing tips to shore up newly synthesized cell walls.

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Neurons Govern Immunity

By | November 1, 2013

Hunger-associated molecules in the hypothalamus suppress inflammation.  

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Guidance Counselors

By | November 1, 2013

Cell-adhesion molecules help newborn neurons migrate to their intended destinations within the neocortex.

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Let It Linger

By | October 1, 2013

Prolonged responses to odors, called afterimages, may originate in the brain, rather than in the nose.

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Odor Encoder

By | October 1, 2013

Ensembles of as few as 25 mushroom body neurons allow Drosophila to distinguish and react to specific odors. 

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Scent Sorting

By | October 1, 2013

In discrete neuron networks linking odor receptors in the nose to higher brain areas, similar odors are parsed by deep-lying cells with narrow odor selectivity.

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Flexible Cells

By | September 1, 2013

When stretched, lung cells signal to each other by releasing ATP.

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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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