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Roach Conformity

By | February 4, 2015

Individual cockroaches can be shy or bold, but they alter their behavior to fit in with a group, a study shows.

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Taking Turns

By | February 3, 2015

Using GPS trackers, researchers demonstrate an energy-saving flight strategy for migratory birds.

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Stubbornly Persistent

By | February 1, 2015

Microorganisms continually challenge our assumptions of what life can achieve.

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The Energy of Life

By | February 1, 2015

Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens; what’s extreme for us may be a perfectly comfortable environment for a microbe.

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UV Light Doesn’t Fully Purify

By | January 28, 2015

Using ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water may simply drive bacteria to dormancy, rather than kill them.

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GMO “Kill Switches”

By | January 21, 2015

Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.

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Panic of the Disco Clam

By | January 6, 2015

The mollusk’s flashy tactics scare off predators.

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Picturing Infection

By | January 1, 2015

Whole-animal, light-based imaging of infected small mammals

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The Genetics of Society

By | January 1, 2015

Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.

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Measuring DNA with a Smartphone

By | December 23, 2014

A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.

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