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Behavior Brief

By | July 13, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Summer Science, British Style

By | July 8, 2011

The Royal Society's annual science extravaganza packs some interesting stuff into 5 days of love and research.

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Dead Cane Toads Are Deadly

By | July 5, 2011

The deadly-when-eaten invasive amphibians that have been plaguing Australian wildlife for years continue to poison even after they’re dead.

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Repainting Ancient Birds

By | July 1, 2011

Using synchrotron rapid scanning X-ray fluorescence to map the distribution of trace metals in avian fossils over 120 million-year-old, researchers reconstruct the pigment patterns of their feathers—revealing some of the extinct birds' long-lost colors.

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OPSINS: Tools of the trade

By | July 1, 2011

The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 

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C-ing with the Lights Out

By | July 1, 2011

I the dark Arctic shallows one research finds heterotrophic marine bacteria doing a surprising amount of carbon fixing.

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The Ninefold Ring

By | July 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Structural Biology

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Desperately Seeking Radioisotopes

By | July 1, 2011

New strategies are needed to address the current and future shortages of radioisotopes that threaten medical research and treatment.

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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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