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image: Orchid Bees Use Simple Eyes to Detect Polarized Light

Orchid Bees Use Simple Eyes to Detect Polarized Light

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2016

The second visual field may aid in navigation.

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Neurons in the lamprey spinal cord can sense pH and counteract changes from the body’s optimal range.

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image: Generating Cardiac Precursor Cells

Generating Cardiac Precursor Cells

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2016

Researchers derive cardiac precursors to form cardiac muscle, endothelial, and smooth muscle cells in mice.

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image: In Failing Hearts, Cardiomyocytes Alter Metabolism

In Failing Hearts, Cardiomyocytes Alter Metabolism

By Amanda B. Keener | June 1, 2016

While the heart cells normally burn fatty acids, when things go wrong ketones become the preferred fuel source.

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Animal Magnetism

By Catherine Offord | May 1, 2016

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

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image: Cancer's Vanguard

Cancer's Vanguard

By Catherine Offord | April 1, 2016

Exosomes are emerging as key players in metastasis.

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Cancerous Conduits

By Amanda B. Keener | April 1, 2016

Metastatic cancer cells use nanotubes to manipulate blood vessels.

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image: Tumor Traps

Tumor Traps

By Kerry Grens | April 1, 2016

After surgery to remove a tumor, neutrophils recruited to the site spit out sticky webs of DNA that aid cancer recurrence.

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Out in the Cold

By Karen Zusi | March 1, 2016

Serotonin’s long-debated role in sleep promotion is temperature-dependent.

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image: Sleep Circuit

Sleep Circuit

By Karen Zusi | March 1, 2016

A web of cell types in one of the brain’s chief wake centers keeps animals up—but also puts them to sleep.

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