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Chance and Necessity

By | November 1, 2013

War and justice brought together two of the greatest minds of the 20th century, a scientist and a writer.

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By | November 1, 2013

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


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The Ultimate Wingman

By | November 1, 2013

Differential gene expression between dominant and subordinate male turkeys could help evolutionary biologists deconstruct the roots of sexual dimorphism.

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Penetrating the Brain

By | November 1, 2013

Researchers use molecular keys, chisels, and crowbars to open the last great biochemical barricade in the body—the blood-brain barrier.


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Evolving Pain Resistance

By | October 24, 2013

Grasshopper mice harbor mutations in a pain-transmitting sodium channel that allow them to prey on highly toxic bark scorpions.


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Understanding Cats

By | October 18, 2013

An anthrozoologist explores feline communication and cognition in an essay about domestic cats.

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FDA Considers Three-Parent IVF

By | October 17, 2013

The US regulatory agency will meet next week to discuss whether to allow human trials of a technique that combines the genetic information of three adults.


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A Lot Like Humans

By | October 15, 2013

Scientists find that bonobos can form friendships and show concern for others.


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On Point

By | October 11, 2013

Researchers demonstrate that elephants can use human pointing cues to find hidden food.


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Fighting Viruses with RNAi

By | October 10, 2013

The long-debated issue of whether mammals can use RNA interference as an antiviral defense mechanism is finally put to rest.


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