microscope image of methaotrophs with black specks
Deep Sea Microbes Produce Graphite-like Carbon
Chloe Tenn | Nov 11, 2021
The first evidence of biologically produced elemental carbon inspires more questions than answers.  
Photograph of drought land due to climate change
An Earthy-Smelling Substance, 1964
Lisa Winter | Nov 1, 2021
How the pungent odor that occurs after a light rain became a well-studied phenomenon
Abstract graphene structures
Synthetic Organelles Let Researchers Control Cell Behavior
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2021
A technique that reversibly bundles tagged cargo into artificial membraneless compartments gives scientists the ability to switch cell processes on and off.
Illustration showing how engineered cells produce proteins that allow scientists to turn cellular processes on and off
Infographic: One Way to Flip the Cell Behavior Switch
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2021
Engineered cells produce proteins that allow scientists to turn cellular processes on and off.
A brown tick is shown from above as it climbs a green blade of grass
Bacterial Symbionts Tell Ticks When to Eat
Abby Olena | Oct 1, 2021
The endosymbiont Coxiella affects tick serotonin production and subsequent blood-feeding behavior, a study finds.
A black and white photo of two sets of flowers in test tubes, one of which is wilting
Posies, Poison, and Periods, Early 1920s
Annie Melchor | Sep 1, 2021
Centuries of folklore backed by scientists in the early 1900s have perpetuated the idea that menstruating women can exert dangerous forces.
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Edmond Fischer, Biochemist and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 101
Lisa Winter | Aug 31, 2021
Fischer was recognized for his work with reversible protein phosphorylation.
A computer-generated graphic showing a cross-section of red-colored bacteria, with the locations of the protein APOL3 labeled in green.
Human Protein Dissolves Bacterial Membranes
Abby Olena | Jul 15, 2021
The protein, apolipoprotein L3, destroys invading microbes by acting as a detergent in the cytosol.
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An illustration of a microscope objecting beaming blue light onto a nematode worm with the labels objective, agar substrate, micro laser beams, paralyzed c. elegans, and controlled c. elegans movement
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
Ruth Williams | Jul 8, 2021
Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.
photograph of a woman wearing a face mask embedded with SARS-CoV-2 sensors
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Annie Melchor | Jul 5, 2021
The masks contain freeze-dried, cell-free biosensors, enabling them to detect pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.
Cicada nymph on a tree, shedding its exoskeleton
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Lisa Winter | Jun 24, 2021
Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.
A European robin on a tree branch
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense
Catherine Offord | Jun 23, 2021
A detailed analysis of cryptochrome 4 shows that the protein is highly sensitive to magnetic fields in vitro, but some researchers dispute the authors’ assertion that the findings could help explain avian magnetoreception.
a white menstrual pad with pink and yellow spotting
Threads Embedded in Pads and Tampons Can Diagnose Yeast Infection
Emma Yasinski | Jun 15, 2021
The material turns bright pink when it comes in contact with an enzyme produced by the fungus Candida albicans.
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The Scientist Staff | Jun 10, 2021
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