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Micro Farmers

By Cristina Luiggi | May 1, 2011

Columbia University evolutionary ecologist Dustin Rubenstein explains just why it's so interesting and important to find slime molds that engage in a form of agriculture.

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Harvesting Ideas

By Karen Hopkin | April 1, 2011

Joy Ward is reaping the rewards of her studies on how plants handle global climate change—gathering academic accolades and presidential embraces along the way.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | April 1, 2011

The Great Sperm Whale, Noble Cows & Hybrid Zebras, Radioactive, Science-Mart

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Kelly Benoit-Bird: Sounding the Deep

By Carrie Arnold | April 1, 2011

Associate professor, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. Age: 34

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PET Guerrilla

By Chris Tachibana | April 1, 2011

A former Uruguayan antigovernment rebel is developing a revolutionary diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Character Flaws?

By Vanessa Schipani | March 1, 2011

Two lizard taxonomists champion the use of Bayesian species delimitation to settle taxonomic debates.

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Do Fruit Flies Dream of Electric Bananas?

By Björn Brembs | February 1, 2011

Visualizing neuronal activity in small brains over four dimensions

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Rewards of Risk

By Megan Scudellari | February 1, 2011

Secrets to scoring big money grants for innovative, out-of-the-box research

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Death or Damage of Dopamine Neurons

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The hallmark pathology of Parkinson’s disease is the damage and death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. 

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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The minority of Parkinson’s cases now known to have genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of all the rest, bringing researchers closer to a cause—and perhaps a cure.

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