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An experiment in which people pass each other initially nonrhythmic drumming sequences reveals the human affinity for musical patterns.

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The Past and Present of Research Integrity in China

By Ben Andrew Henry | March 1, 2017

Several initiatives aim to improve research integrity in the country, but recent high-profile cases of misconduct highlight a lingering problem.

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How Bacteria Interfere with Insect Reproduction

By Ruth Williams | February 28, 2017

Scientists identify the genes responsible for bacteria-controlled sterility in arthropods.

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Henrietta Lacks’s Family Seeks Compensation

By Kerry Grens | February 16, 2017

Family members of Lacks, the donor behind the widely used HeLa cell line, are planning to sue Johns Hopkins University.

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Artificial Cells Talk to Real Ones

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Nonliving cells developed in the lab can communicate chemically with living bacteria, according to a study.

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Cannibalism: Not That Weird

By Bill Schutt | February 1, 2017

Eating members of your own species might turn the stomach of the average human, but some animal species make a habit of dining on their own.

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Contributors

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

Warmth acts on a light-sensing protein similarly to the way shade does, setting off a growth spurt in plant seedlings.

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Infographic: Dual-Purpose Photoreceptor

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

See how different environmental conditions affect the activity of a molecule sensitive to both light and temperature.

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Infographic: Following the Force

By Ning Wang | February 1, 2017

Physical forces propagate from the outside of cells inward and vice versa.

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