Cover Story

Color from Structure
Color from Structure
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 1, 2013
Researchers are working to understand how often-colorless biological nanostructures give rise to some of the most spectacular technicolor displays in nature.

Features

Catching the Cold
Catching the Cold
Fred Adler | Feb 1, 2013
Tracking the genetic diversity and evolution of rhinoviruses can lead to a better understanding of viral evolution, the common cold, and more dangerous infections.
Icing Organs
Icing Organs
Megan Scudellari | Feb 1, 2013
Why scientists are so near and yet so far from being able to cryopreserve organs

Contributors

Contributors
Contributors
Contributors
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2013 issue of The Scientist.

Editorial

A Chill Issue
A Chill Issue
A Chill Issue
The very cold, the merely chilled, and the colorful

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
February 2013's selection of notable quotes

Notebook

The Spoils of War
The Spoils of War
The Spoils of War
Researchers read the marks of intense warfare and conquest in the genes of ancient native North Americans.
Watson, MD
Watson, MD
Watson, MD
A collaborative project between IBM and the Cleveland Clinic brings artificial intelligence to patients’ bedsides.
Human Whiskers
Human Whiskers
Human Whiskers
Scientists probe our sense of touch for a feedback loop between sensation and motion.
Monster Hunting 2.0
Monster Hunting 2.0
Monster Hunting 2.0
With the launch of a new peer-reviewed journal, can cryptozoology emerge from the shadows to be taken seriously by the mainstream scientific community?

Thought Experiment

Why Insects Should Be in Your Diet
Why Insects Should Be in Your Diet
Why Insects Should Be in Your Diet
Because of their high protein and fat content and their reproductive efficiency, insects hold great promise for thwarting an impending global food crisis.

Critic at Large

Variety Is the Spice of Life
Variety Is the Spice of Life
Variety Is the Spice of Life
True understanding of the complexity of biological systems demands an assortment of model systems.

Modus Operandi

Flickering Neurons
Flickering Neurons
Flickering Neurons
Fluorescent calcium sensors in transgenic mice give a real-time readout of neuronal activity.

The Literature

Fellow Travelers
Fellow Travelers
Fellow Travelers
Collective cell migration relies on a directional signal that comes from the moving cluster, rather than from external cues.
Feeding Time
Feeding Time
Feeding Time
The eating schedule—and not the amount of calories—can make the difference between an obese, diabetic, sick mouse and one with a healthy metabolism.
Stockpiling Histones
Stockpiling Histones
Stockpiling Histones
Histones stored on lipid droplets in fly embryos provide a backup supply when newly synthesized ones are lacking.

Profile

Immune to Failure
Immune to Failure
Immune to Failure
With dogged persistence and an unwillingness to entertain defeat, Bruce Beutler discovered a receptor that powers the innate immune response to infections—and earned his share of a Nobel Prize.

Scientist to Watch

Jennifer Reed: Metabolism Modeler
Jennifer Reed: Metabolism Modeler
Jennifer Reed: Metabolism Modeler
Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Age: 34

Lab Tools

A Room with a View
A Room with a View
A Room with a View
Live-cell imaging forces cells to perform in an unnatural environment, but with the right chamber, you can keep them warm and comfortable.
Brighter, Smaller, Faster
Brighter, Smaller, Faster
Brighter, Smaller, Faster
As X-ray crystallography enters its second century, shrinking crystals and brighter light sources are redefining structural biology.

Careers

Let's Make a Deal
Let's Make a Deal
Let's Make a Deal
Six myths about job and salary negotiations and how they may hinder your ability to bargain effectively.

Reading Frames

The A@#hole Scientist
The A@#hole Scientist
The A@#hole Scientist
Can a vexing sense of entitlement actually aid in the pursuit of knowledge?

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
The Science of Love, Bad Pharma, Genes, Cells and Brains, and Nature Wars

Foundations

Cholera Confusion, circa 1832
Cholera Confusion, circa 1832
Cholera Confusion, circa 1832
As cholera first tore through the Europe in the mid-19th century, people tried anything to prevent the deadly disease. Then science stepped in.