Cover Story

Games for Science
Games for Science
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2013
Scientists are using video games to tap the collective intelligence of people around the world, while doctors and educators are turning to games to treat and teach.

Features

Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Amy Coombs | Jan 1, 2013
Doctors turn to good microbes to fight disease. Will the same strategy work with crops?
Steal My Sunshine
Steal My Sunshine
David Smith | Jan 1, 2013
How photosynthetic organisms get taken up, passed around, and discarded throughout the eukaryotic domain

Contributors

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

Editorial

Staying in Touch
Staying in Touch
Staying in Touch
Searching for life beyond our teeming planet has led to some innovative collaborative approaches to generating knowledge right here at home.

Speaking of Science

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

Notebook

Arctic Bloomers
Arctic Bloomers
Arctic Bloomers
Scientists studying the Arctic Ocean aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker discover one of the largest phytoplankton blooms ever recorded—beneath sea ice.
Decoding Dreams
Decoding Dreams
Decoding Dreams
Researchers learn to predict visual imagery in dreams based on functional MRI scans of brain activity during sleep.
Koala Time Machine
Koala Time Machine
Koala Time Machine
Old koala pelts from museum collections are helping researchers to learn more about the retroviral invasion that may be endangering the Australian marsupial.
Cleansing the Clinic
Cleansing the Clinic
Cleansing the Clinic
Scientists set up a stakeout to track the movements of microbes around a new hospital.

Critic at Large

Genomics-Informed Pathology
Genomics-Informed Pathology
Genomics-Informed Pathology
Twenty-first century lab reports will include test results read by a new breed of pathologist.
Gaming with Autism
Gaming with Autism
Gaming with Autism
Screen-based technologies show promise for autism intervention—but research is still needed to evaluate both the benefits and the possible negative effects.

Modus Operandi

Sperm Shadows
Sperm Shadows
Sperm Shadows
Tracking the shadows cast by sperm reveals their precise 3-D movements.

The Literature

Bacterial Sacrifice
Bacterial Sacrifice
Bacterial Sacrifice
Patterns of cell death aid in the formation of beneficial wrinkles during the development of bacterial biofilms.
Neuron Preservers
Neuron Preservers
Neuron Preservers
Unlike epithelial cells, neurons respond to herpes infection through autophagy, rather than by releasing inflammatory factors.
Fast Worms
Fast Worms
Fast Worms
A microfluidic device scans individual C. elegans for abnormal traits and sorts wild-type animals from mutants.

Profile

Going Boldly Forth
Going Boldly Forth
Going Boldly Forth
Gregory Hannon believes in taking risks—an approach that’s enabled him to make exciting new discoveries in the world of small RNAs.

Scientist to Watch

Philip Low: Sleep Analyzer
Philip Low: Sleep Analyzer
Philip Low: Sleep Analyzer
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, NeuroVigil, Age: 33

Lab Tools

Limber LIMS
Limber LIMS
Limber LIMS
Using laboratory information management systems (LIMS) to automate and streamline laboratory tasks: three case studies
Macro, Mini, Micro
Macro, Mini, Micro
Macro, Mini, Micro
Clever microfluidic platforms take the study of protein-protein interactions to a new level.

Bio Business

A Dime a Dozen
A Dime a Dozen
A Dime a Dozen
Affordable diagnostic tests tackle the world’s most pressing health problems.

Reading Frames

Sex and the Primordial Ooze
Sex and the Primordial Ooze
Sex and the Primordial Ooze
The rise of copulation as a vertebrate reproductive strategy may have driven crucial evolutionary change and explosive species radiation.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Life's Ratchet, The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix, The Fractalist and Hallucinations

Foundations

Slices of Life, circa 1872
Slices of Life, circa 1872
Slices of Life, circa 1872
A master of topographical anatomy, Christian Wilhelm Braune produced accurate colored lithographs from cross sections of the human body.