A powerful new X-ray–generating laser is imaging smaller crystals than ever before.
Scientist to Watch
“This is my trophy,” says biologist Michael Edidin, walking across his office at Johns Hopkins University to pick up two oversized clock hands, once part of the stately clock tower that still stands on the Baltimore campus.
Trading Pelts for Pestilence
When European explorers and fishermen began to frequent Canada’s shores in the 16th century, they brought with them a plethora of tools and trinkets, including knives, axes, kettles, and blankets.
C-ing with the Lights Out
I the dark Arctic shallows one research finds heterotrophic marine bacteria doing a surprising amount of carbon fixing.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Eleanor Simpson on how dopamine helps rats learn and may lead humans to addiction.
Studying the earliest events in visual development, Carla Shatz has learned the importance of looking at one’s data with open eyes—and an open mind.
A Scar Nobly Got
The story of the US government’s efforts to stamp out smallpox in the early 20th century offers insights into the science and practice of mass vaccination.
Harmit Malik: Viral Historian
Member, Division of Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington. Age: 38
Best in Academia, 2011
Meet some of the finalists of this year's Best Places to Work in Academia survey.