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Man-Eating Mushrooms

By | September 9, 2011

An artist suggests that being buried in a suit laden with decomposing fungi may be healthier for the mind and the environment.

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Get Your Gut Sequenced

By | September 8, 2011

A new non-profit endeavor is calling for people to get their gut bacteria sequenced for the sake of science.

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The Mosaic Pre-Man

By | September 8, 2011

Newly excavated Australopithecus sediba fossils exhibit a mixture of primitive and more modern features.

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Genetics Paper Retracted

By | September 2, 2011

Due to statistical errors, a Science paper claiming that mutation is responsible for genetic variation is retracted.

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Secrets of Aging

By | September 1, 2011

What does a normally aging brain look like? Are diseases of aging such as Alzheimer’s inevitable?

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Art + Science Now

By | September 1, 2011

The book that serves as bio art's encyclopedia.

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Blood Simple

By | September 1, 2011

A veterinary vaccine spawned products that could clean the HIV virus from blood supplies.

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In Chapter 13, "Altruism," author Oren Harman discusses how George Price's and John Maynard Smith's 1973 formulation of evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS) meshes with examples of altruism in nature.

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Corina Tarnita: The Ant Mathematician

By | September 1, 2011

Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Harvard University. Age: 28

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Lost in Space

By | September 1, 2011

Looking for a more realistic way to study memory, we turned to place cells­­—­a network of cells that record a rat’s memory of an environment. 

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