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Orchid Bees Use Simple Eyes to Detect Polarized Light

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2016

The second visual field may aid in navigation.

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Neurons in the lamprey spinal cord can sense pH and counteract changes from the body’s optimal range.

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image: Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 1, 2016

The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time.

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Promoting Protein Partnerships

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

Scientists generate new protein-protein interactions at an impressive PACE.

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Protein or Perish

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

A bacteriophage must evolve certain variants of a protein or die.

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image: Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection

Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection

By Jef Akst | August 31, 2016

Using an MRI scanner to examine how dogs’ brains process speech, researchers find that our canine companions hear both what we say and how we say it. 

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“Ultimate DISCO” uses a solvent that shrinks whole animals and preserves fluorescence for months.

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image: Extinct River Dolphin Species Discovered

Extinct River Dolphin Species Discovered

By Alison F. Takemura | August 16, 2016

Overlooked for half a century, a skull in the Smithsonian collection points to a dolphin species that lived 25 million years ago, according to a study.

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Researchers use the CRISPR/Cas system to express three transcription-factor genes, changing the identities of mouse cells.

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Using RNA to Amplify RNA

By Abby Olena | August 15, 2016

Researchers apply in vitro evolution to generate an RNA enzyme capable of copying and amplifying RNA.

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