Animal Magnetism

A photosensitive protein behind the retinas of cockroaches plays a role in light-dependent, directional magnetosensitivity.

A Scrambled Mess

Why do so many human eggs have the wrong number of chromosomes?

Making the Most of School

Agencies and institutions strive to better prepare graduate students and postdocs for futures in academia and beyond.

The Shrinking Mitochondrion

Scanning the mitochondrial genomes of thousands of species is beginning to shed light on why some genes were lost while others were retained.

Sensors for All

A versatile modular strategy for detecting small molecules in eukaryotes

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

image: Opinion: The Zika Effect

Opinion: The Zika Effect


Three reasons why virologists are flocking to study this emerging virus.

Researchers harness the power of genome editing to track cell lineages throughout zebrafish development.

image: Quantifying Consciousness

Quantifying Consciousness


Overall brain metabolic rate can distinguish between pathological states of human consciousness, a study shows.

Alzheimer’s disease–associated amyloid-β peptides trap microbes in the brains of mice and in the guts of nematodes, a study shows. 

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Exposing male rats to nonionizing radiation increased the animals’ risk of brain and heart tumors in a study, but the findings are far from conclusive.

Potential link between microbial infection and Alzheimer’s disease; CRISPR-enabled cell lineage tracing; image irregularities lead to anticipated retraction; brain glucose metabolism and consciousness; exploring emotional contagion; Zika-related microcephaly risk estimated

A study reveals why some male fruit flies produce sex cells that are 20 times the length of their bodies.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals takes over from Intel as the sponsor of the Science Talent Search.

Current Issue

May 2016

Issue Cover: Meiosis Mishaps

Why do so many human eggs have the wrong number of chromosomes?

Coating hospital surfaces, surgical equipment, patient implants, and water-delivery systems with nanoscale patterns and particles could curb the rise of hospital-acquired infections.

Retractions are on the rise. But reams of flawed research papers persist in the scientific literature. Is it time to change the way papers are published?

Science is messy. So lay it out, warts and all.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

A look at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry scientists’ picks

This research found that coating hospital surfaces with copper helped battle microbes and the infections they spread.

The Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

AMSBIO has introduced a wide selection of new high quality products for Exosome Research.

INTEGRA announces the launch of eight and twelve channel versions of its innovative EVOLVE manual pipette.  

INTEGRA has expanded the range of interchangeable pipetting heads for its market-leading handheld VIAFLO 96/384 electronic pipettes

Prior Scientific has introduced accessory mounting wings for its popular H117 stage for inverted microscopes.

Micronic has launched the Novitain™ Post-Analytical Capping Solution.

Gilson Shows a Glimpse into the Future of their Cloud Connected Liquid Handling Solutions at Analytica 2016


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