Cover Story

Nanomedicine
Nanomedicine
Weihong Tan, Guizhi Zhu, Lei Mei | Aug 1, 2014
From bioimaging to drug delivery and therapeutics, nanotechnology is poised to change the way doctors practice medicine.

Features

A Vaulted Mystery
A Vaulted Mystery
Eufemia S. Putortì and Massimo P. Crippa | Aug 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.
The Body’s Ecosystem
The Body’s Ecosystem
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2014
Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.

Contributors

Contributors

Contributors

Contributors

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

Editorial

Small Packages

Small Packages

Small Packages

When proverbs come true

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

August 2014's selection of notable quotes

Notebook

Seeds of Hopelessness

Seeds of Hopelessness

Seeds of Hopelessness

Can seed banks adequately prepare for the future if wild plant populations are already lagging behind in adapting to rapid climate change?
Sequencing on the Seven Seas

Sequencing on the Seven Seas

Sequencing on the Seven Seas

Researchers have installed an advanced genomics lab facility aboard a boat to create a floating molecular testing facility for marine life sciences
In Old Blood

In Old Blood

In Old Blood

The body of a supercentenarian expands science’s appreciation for the physiological limits of aging.
Say "Aaaah"

Say "Aaaah"

Say "Aaaah"

Scientists aim to remotely monitor Parkinson’s through voice recordings.

Critic at Large

A Matter of Size

A Matter of Size

A Matter of Size

Erroneous characterization of nanomaterials can misinform the study of a new medicine’s safety and efficacy.

Modus Operandi

Stressing and FRETing

Stressing and FRETing

Stressing and FRETing

Two labs have produced FRET-based systems for real-time analysis of a plant stress hormone.

The Literature

Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

The speed of water flowing around coralline algae, a critical member of coral reef and coastal seaweed communities, affects their response to ocean acidification.
Meal Plans

Meal Plans

Meal Plans

Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.
Seeing Red

Seeing Red

Seeing Red

Reef fish, once thought to be unable to see red wavelengths, not only fluoresce deep red, but males of some species react to seeing their own bioluminescent pattern.

Profile

Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

Extending her initial studies of social wasps, Mary Jane West-Eberhard has spent her career probing the evolutionary relationship between social behavior and developmental flexibility.

Scientist to Watch

Feng Zhang: The Midas of Methods

Feng Zhang: The Midas of Methods

Feng Zhang: The Midas of Methods

Core Member, Broad Institute; Investigator, McGovern Institute; Assistant Professor, MIT. Age: 32

Lab Tools

Metagenomics Mash-Up

Metagenomics Mash-Up

Metagenomics Mash-Up

A tour of the newest software and strategies for analyzing microbial and viral communities
Tailoring Your Proteome View

Tailoring Your Proteome View

Tailoring Your Proteome View

Computational tools can streamline the development of targeted proteomics experiments.
 

Careers

Science Speak

Science Speak

Science Speak

Contests that challenge young scientists to explain their research without jargon are turning science communication into a competitive sport.

Reading Frames

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

The Myth of Mirror Neurons, Curious, Shadow Medicine, and Doctored

Foundations

Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840

Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840

Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840

Zoologist John Gould undertook a financially risky expedition to document the birds of Australia—and found some unique mammals in a perilous situation.