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image: Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics

Researchers Grow “Frankenstein Ants” to Study Epigenetics

By Jeffrey M. Perkel | October 1, 2016

A molecular biologist ventures into entomology to use genetically modified ants as laboratory models of behavioral epigenetics.

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Thirty Years of Lab Safety

By Michal Barski | October 1, 2016

From mouth pipetting to automated liquid handling, life-science labs have gotten much safer over the past three decades.

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image: A Tribe of Hornbill Hunters Turns to Conservation

A Tribe of Hornbill Hunters Turns to Conservation

By Moushumi Basu | September 1, 2016

An indigenous community in northeastern India is a crucial part of the effort to save these majestic forest birds from extinction.

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image: Multiple Sclerosis: Is Yawning a Warning?

Multiple Sclerosis: Is Yawning a Warning?

By Benjamin Skuse | September 1, 2016

Neuropsychologist Simon Thompson found a possible link between yawning and multiple sclerosis. So what better way to get under the skin of his research than volunteering to take part in one of his experiments?

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image: Smart Skin Enables Magnetoreception

Smart Skin Enables Magnetoreception

By Jef Akst | September 1, 2016

Researchers develop a wearable technology that can detect magnetic fields and translate the signal into a visual display—a first step toward equipping humans with an entirely new sense.

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image: The Flower Sense of Hawkmoths

The Flower Sense of Hawkmoths

By Alison F. Takemura | September 1, 2016

The pollinators of a wild tobacco plant use the tip of their proboscis to determine whether they should stop for a drink.

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image: Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?

Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2016

Preliminary research suggests that the brains of schizophrenia patients may regain tissue mass as the illness wears on.

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image: How Your Nose Got Its Shape

How Your Nose Got Its Shape

By Karen Zusi | August 1, 2016

Climate variation has sculpted our schnozzes since the earliest humans evolved, but environmental pressures can’t explain everything.

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image: New Lyme Disease Test Developed by Summer Student

New Lyme Disease Test Developed by Summer Student

By Jenny Rood | August 1, 2016

The high schooler was studying cancer biomarkers in a George Mason University lab when her familial experiences with Lyme disease sparked an idea.

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image: The Hormones and Brain Regions Behind Eye Contact

The Hormones and Brain Regions Behind Eye Contact

By Robert Lavine | August 1, 2016

Can oxytocin help increase eye contact in patients with autism, thus opening up a whole new world of social interaction?

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