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Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots

By Ruth Williams | September 14, 2017

Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 

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Scientists’ Expectations for Brexit Mostly Grim

By Catherine Offord | September 12, 2017

Some researchers have already been negatively affected by the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, though opinions on the eventual outcome remain mixed.

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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software

By Catherine Offord | September 11, 2017

The tool cannot predict a person’s face from DNA, say researchers—including some listed as coauthors on the publication. 

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Mongolian Dinosaurs and the Poaching Problem

By David Moscato | September 8, 2017

High-profile cases of poached fossils shine a light on the black market for paleontological specimens—and how scientists and governments are trying to stop it.

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Hundreds of EPA Workers Leave the Agency

By Aggie Mika | September 6, 2017

Buyouts offered to more than 1,200 Environmental Protection Agency employees prompted the surge in departures. 

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EPA Requires Political Approval of Grants

By Aggie Mika | September 6, 2017

An aide to President Donald Trump has final say over grants at the Environmental Protection Agency and has nixed close to $2 million of the agency’s awards.

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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By Shawna Williams | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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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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Contributors

By Catherine Offord and Jef Akst | September 1, 2017

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

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