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June 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Digging the Underground Life

By | June 1, 2012

A rare peek inside the subterranean home of the naked mole-rat

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Finding Phasmids

By | June 1, 2012

Researchers rediscover a giant insect, thought to have gone extinct a century ago, and plan to reintroduce it to its native island off the coast of Australia.

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Pain Free

By | June 1, 2012

One of the naked mole-rat’s amazing qualities is the reduced ability to feel certain kinds of pain.

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Hacking the Genome

By | June 1, 2012

In pondering genome structure and function, evolutionary geneticist Laurence Hurst has arrived at some unanticipated conclusions about how natural selection has molded our DNA.

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Underground Supermodels

By | June 1, 2012

What can a twentysomething naked mole-rat tell us about fighting pain, cancer, and aging?

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Pain-Killing Transplants

By | May 23, 2012

Neurons injected into mice help treat chronic pain at its roots, rather than simply alleviating its symptoms.

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Revenge of the Weeds

By | May 20, 2012

Plant pests are evolving to outsmart common herbicides, costing farmers crops and money.

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Live Slow, Die Old

By | May 17, 2012

Ancient bacteria living in deep-sea sediments are alive—but with metabolisms so slow that it’s hard to tell.

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How Prawns Lure Prey

By | May 15, 2012

Orange-loving Trinidad guppies are curiously attracted to orange spots on prawn pincers, which may make it easier for the predators to snatch them up.

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