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Swarming Mongolia

By | February 1, 2012

For the past decade and a half, a crew of about 20 entomologists, water ecologists, and other specialists converges on the shorelines of Mongolia’s lakes, rivers, and streams, just when swarms of aquatic insects do the same.

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2011's Best and Brightest

By | January 1, 2012

In its brief, 4-year history, The Scientist’s annual Top 10 Innovations contest has become a showcase of the coolest life science tools to emerge in the previous year. 

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Kandel on Neuroscience

By | October 1, 2011

Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his work on signal transduction in the nervous system, chats about the ever-changing field of neuroscience, funding, his students, and what he hopes science will accomplish.

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Chasing Grasshoppers

By | August 12, 2011

A conversation with Dan Otte, a South African artist and curator of entomology at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Otte also happens to have discovered around 20 percent of the cricket species known to date.

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Learning Addiction

By | July 13, 2011

Eleanor Simpson, a neuroscientist at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses a recent Nature paper that probes dopamine's role in helping animals make positive associations to stimuli that herald pleasurable outcomes (such as the handing out of food).

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Scanning Ancient Animal Mummies

By | July 1, 2011

A collection of ancient Egyptian animal mummies from the Brooklyn Museum is subjected to the powerful X-rays of a CT scanner in order to peer through the centuries-old packaging. 

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Meet the Crystal Smasher

By | July 1, 2011

Take a tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), whose ultra-powerful X-ray beam is being used to solve the structures of proteins that are notoriously hard to crystallize.

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Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons

By | July 1, 2011

This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 

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Lobster-Pot Science

By | June 13, 2011

Microbiologist Marvin Whiteley chats about teaming up with chemist and bioengineer Jason Shear in order to build tiny houses for bacteria.

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New Blood for Gene Therapy

By | June 13, 2011

Follow the success story of a young boy who, with the help of the Care for Rare Foundation, underwent stem cell therapy for Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome.

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