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Lessons in Memory from a Champ

By Jef Akst | November 1, 2017

A four-time winner of the USA Memory Championship is helping scientists understand how the brain works.

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Researchers explore genetic engineering to produce super-tough fibers.

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Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.

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Anthropologists make use of forensic science to delve into historical mysteries.

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Scientists examine floating traces of DNA left by fish to better understand New York’s aquatic life.

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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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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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Researchers solve the mystery of 15-year-old mutant ferns with disrupted sex determination.

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The plant Lophophytum pilfers mitochondrial genes from the species it parasitizes.

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How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia

By Ben Andrew Henry | January 1, 2017

The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.

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