Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination
Bacterial Genetics Could Help Researchers Block Interplanetary Contamination

Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.

Identifying microbes from Earth that can survive on spacecraft may help scientists eliminate them from future space missions and from searches for extraterrestrial life.

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The Superpowers of Genetically Modified Pigs
The Superpowers of Genetically Modified Pigs
Kerry Grens | Aug 1, 2018
Scientists have engineered swine that pollute less, fend off disease, and produce more meat, but you won’t find them outside experimental farms . . . yet.
Scientists Can’t Agree on What’s Making Pistachio Trees Sick
Scientists Can’t Agree on What’s Making Pistachio Trees Sick
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2018
A new study ignites debate on the cause of pistachio bushy top syndrome, a disease that has crippled farms in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Oxytocin Makes Time Fly
Oxytocin Makes Time Fly
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 1, 2018
Can people’s social skills affect their experience of time?
Do Electric Fish Dream in Zaps?
Do Electric Fish Dream in Zaps?
Shawna Williams | Aug 1, 2018
Studying electrical communication in the wild requires braving the Amazon jungle with sensitive equipment.
These Molecules Zipper Embryos Closed
These Molecules Zipper Embryos Closed
Ashley Yeager | Aug 1, 2018
Actin rings seal off the ball of cells, aiding in implantation in the uterus. But faults in the process could explain why some pregnancies fail.
Drones Are Changing the Face of Ecology
Drones Are Changing the Face of Ecology
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2018
Unmanned aerial vehicles allow researchers to collect huge volumes of biological data cheaply, easily, and at higher resolution than ever before.
From Railroad Tracks to Racetracks, 1870s
From Railroad Tracks to Racetracks, 1870s
Jim Daley | Aug 1, 2018
How a robber baron and an eccentric inventor solved a millennia-old question about horses.
How Ants Make Collective DecisionsHow Ants Make Collective Decisions
How Ants Make Collective Decisions
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 1, 2018
Transport of food sways between two modes.
Life Scientists Cut Down on Plastic WasteLife Scientists Cut Down on Plastic Waste
Life Scientists Cut Down on Plastic Waste
Katarina Zimmer | Aug 1, 2018
Across the US, laboratories are finding creative ways to minimize the amount of plastic they throw away.