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New Oldest Fossils

By Jef Akst | August 22, 2011

Fossils discovered in Australian rocks may be the remnants of three and a half billion-year-old microorganisms.

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Next Generation: Electronic Skin

By Jessica P. Johnson | August 17, 2011

Tiny, flexible electronic chips embedded in a skin-like material monitor vitals and stimulate muscles.

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Oldest Known Wood

By Jef Akst | August 12, 2011

Two newly described fossils suggest that wood is some 10 million years older than previous believed.

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Yeast Don't Need Oxygen

By Bob Grant | August 11, 2011

Scientists discover that ancestors of the unicellular fungi can synthesize essential biomolecules with only trace levels of O2.

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Why Have Twins?

By Jef Akst | August 11, 2011

Mothers more likely to have twins have heavier, healthier non-twin babies, possibly explaining why twinning evolved.

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Turmoil at Brazilian Research Center

By Jef Akst | August 9, 2011

More than 100 researchers have left a neuroscience institute in Brazil in the last couple of weeks, protesting managerial problems they say are thwarting their work.

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Rats Don't Map Altitude

By Jef Akst | August 8, 2011

Rat neurons only weakly respond as the animals climbed upwards, suggesting the brain's map of the environment doesn't account for altitude.

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Rewriting E. coli’s Genetic Code

By Sabine Louët | August 5, 2011

Researchers use directed evolution to create a bacterial strain that substitutes a synthetic base for thymine.

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How Vampire Bats Find Veins

By Jessica P. Johnson | August 4, 2011

Heat-sensing protein channels in vampire bats allow the flying mammals to find the best place to sink their teeth into their prey.

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Estrogen’s New Role

By Jessica P. Johnson | August 2, 2011

The well-studied hormone functions as a neurotransmitter in the brains of zebra finches.

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