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Photonic Colored Creatures

By | February 1, 2013

Animals and plants come in a dizzying array of colors. Current research is cracking into the remarkable structures behind nature's artistic display.

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Color from Structure

By | February 1, 2013

Researchers are working to understand how often-colorless biological nanostructures give rise to some of the most spectacular technicolor displays in nature.


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The Soil Microbiome

By | January 1, 2013

There's a lot more than dirt to the soil in which plants grow.

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Arctic Bloomers

By | January 1, 2013

Scientists studying the Arctic Ocean aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker discover one of the largest phytoplankton blooms ever recorded—beneath sea ice.


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By | January 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2013 issue of The Scientist.


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Fighting Microbes with Microbes

By | January 1, 2013

Doctors turn to good microbes to fight disease. Will the same strategy work with crops?


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Staying in Touch

By | January 1, 2013

Searching for life beyond our teeming planet has led to some innovative collaborative approaches to generating knowledge right here at home.

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Steal My Sunshine

By | January 1, 2013

How photosynthetic organisms get taken up, passed around, and discarded throughout the eukaryotic domain


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Opinion: Evolving CO2-Hungry Crops

By and | December 4, 2012

Breeding plants that can convert more carbon dioxide to food could help feed a growing population.

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How Plants Feel

By | December 1, 2012

A hormone called jasmonate mediates plants' responses to touch and can boost defenses against pests.

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