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Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 1, 2016

The University of St. Andrews behavioral ecologist studies the social structures and behaviors of whales and dolphins, recording and analyzing their acoustic communications.

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Submerged Pigs Inform Forensics

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2016

Watching the decomposition of pig carcasses anchored to the seafloor is helping forensic researchers understand what to expect of human remains dumped in the ocean.

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Well-Brined Pork

By The Scientist Staff | July 1, 2016

Watch what happens when marine organisms have their way with a sunken pig carcass.

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Immune Cells' Roles in Tissue Maintenance and Repair

By Waleed Rahmani, Sarthak Sinha, and Jeff Biernaskie | July 1, 2016

The cells of the mammalian immune system do more than just fight off pathogens; they are also important players in stem cell function and are thus crucial for maintaining homeostasis and recovering from injury.

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Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Reveals Neuronal Diversity

By Catherine Offord | June 23, 2016

Using a new approach to analyze the transcriptomes of thousands of individual cell nuclei in postmortem brains, researchers identify multiple neuronal subtypes.

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Exercise-Induced Muscle Factor Promotes Memory

By Ruth Williams | June 23, 2016

Running releases an enzyme that is associated with memory function in mice and humans.  

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Identifying Resilient Reefs

By Jef Akst | June 16, 2016

Researchers identify areas where marine ecosystems are faring better or worse than predicted in hopes of saving the world’s corals.

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Prominent Ecologist Dies

By Catherine Offord | June 16, 2016

Bob Paine, best known for introducing the idea of “keystone species,” has passed away at age 83.

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Examining Sleep’s Roles in Memory and Learning

By Ashley P. Taylor | June 13, 2016

Autonomic nervous system activity during sleep may help explain variation in the extent to which the behavior aids memory consolidation, a study shows.

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Fish Out of Water

By Bob Grant | June 7, 2016

A researcher documents electric eels jumping out of the water to shock potential threats, confirming a centuries-old anecdotal report of the behavior.

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