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The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.

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Introducing Batman

By | October 1, 2017

Daniel Kish, who is blind, uses vocal clicks to navigate the world by echolocation.

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Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain

By | October 1, 2017

Researchers find that about a quarter of the immune cells are replaced every year.

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Teaching Humans to Echolocate

By | October 1, 2017

By investigating the science behind “seeing” with sound, researchers hope to help blind individuals independently navigate the world.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By | October 1, 2017

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Watch This Biofilm

By | October 1, 2017

Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.

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When Dogs Offer Insights into Tigers

By | October 1, 2017

MRI scans of dog brains open windows into the cognition of the extinct thylacine.

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Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna

By | October 1, 2017

In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.

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In Canada, Signs of Life Nearly 4 Billion Years Old

By | September 28, 2017

Embedded within 3.95-billion-year-old rock, scientists have found graphite with a carbon signature that indicates biological activity.

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A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects

By | September 28, 2017

One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.

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