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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By Ruth Williams | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2014 issue of The Scientist.


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Small Packages

By Mary Beth Aberlin | August 1, 2014

When proverbs come true


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A Vaulted Mystery

By Eufemia S. Putortì and Massimo P. Crippa | August 1, 2014

Nearly 30 years after the discovery of tiny barrel-shape structures called vaults, their natural functions remain elusive. Nevertheless, researchers are beginning to put these nanoparticles to work in biomedicine.

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Next Generation: See-through Mice

By Ruth Williams | July 31, 2014

An improved tissue-clearing technique makes whole animals transparent.

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Week in Review: July 21–25

By Tracy Vence | July 25, 2014

Blood-based Alzheimer’s diagnostics; CRISPR cuts out HIV; Leishmania and the sand fly microbiome; deconstructing the lionfish science fair debacle


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Week in Review: July 14–18

By Tracy Vence | July 18, 2014

Converting heart muscle to pacemaker cells in pigs; alternative splicing and the human proteome; questioning a reported yogurt mold-illness link; H. pylori swiftly find mouse stomach injuries


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Human Skin Can “Smell” Odors

By Jef Akst | July 10, 2014

Olfactory receptors in the skin may help repair damaged tissue, a study shows.

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Protein Helps Cells Adapt—or Die

By Ruth Williams | July 3, 2014

Scientists show how cell stress both prevents and promotes cell suicide in a study that’s equally divisive.


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Arrested Development Makes for Long-Lived Worms

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | June 23, 2014

Starvation suspends cellular activity in C. elegans larvae and extends their lifespan. 


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