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Computers That Can Smell

By Kerry Grens | May 1, 2017

Teams of modelers compete to develop algorithms for estimating how people will perceive a particular odor from its molecular characteristics.

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Future Homes May Have Bioreactive Walls

By Benjamin Skuse | May 1, 2017

Researchers are redesigning the humble brick to produce electricity, to clean water and air, and to harvest valuable compounds.

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Uncovering the Secrets of a Successful Pest

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017

The green peach aphid can colonize new host plants with ease through rapid changes in gene expression.

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The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.

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Despite an overall decrease in the number of US cancer deaths, some cancer types are on the rise, and disparities remain between genders and ethnicities.

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Cooking Up Cancer?

By Diana Kwon | April 1, 2017

Overcooked potatoes and burnt toast contain acrylamide, a potential carcinogen that researchers have struggled to reliably link to human cancers.

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Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall

By Jef Akst | April 1, 2017

A plant breeder succeeds in growing a huge maize plant thanks to a known mutation and a few environmental tricks.

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Human visitors to camera traps display, well, human behavior.

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Music Tailored to Animals’ Tastes

By Kerry Grens | March 1, 2017

The evidence is equivocal on whether animals dig human songs, so scientists set out to make music that mimics their soundscapes.

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Musical Tastes: Nature or Nurture?

By Diana Kwon | March 1, 2017

Studies of remote Amazonian villages reveal how culture influences our musical preferences.

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