ENCODE, evolution, neuroscience
Synthetic Genetic Evolution
Ruth Williams | Apr 19, 2012
Scientists show that manmade nucleic acids can replicate and evolve, ushering in a new era in synthetic biology.
Brain Controls Paralyzed Muscles
Ed Yong | Apr 18, 2012
A new system decodes brain signals from the motor cortex of monkeys and translates them into basic arm movements, despite temporary paralysis.
Forgetting Drug Addiction
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 16, 2012
Researchers weaken the memories of drug use in recovering addicts.
Monkeys “Read” Writing
Megan Scudellari | Apr 12, 2012
Baboons are able to distinguish printed English words from nonsense sequences of letters—the first step in the reading process.
Anti-science in Tennessee Classrooms
Bob Grant | Apr 12, 2012
A new law opens the door to teaching creationism and climate change denialism in the state's public schools.
Insect Battles, Big and Small
Megan Scudellari | Apr 10, 2012
Social insect soldiers not only protect the colony from insect invasions; some also secrete strong antifungal compounds to kill microscopic enemies.
Malaria Drug Resistance Spreading
Bob Grant | Apr 9, 2012
A genomic analysis reveals a crucial detail in drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite that are on the move in Southeast Asia.
Cretaceous Easter Eggs
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 9, 2012
Researchers discover a 70-million-year-old egg that belonged to a small, bird-like meat-eating dinosaur.
The Science of Van Gogh
Hannah Waters | Apr 5, 2012
The Dutch artist's sunflower paintings have attracted the attention of doctors and geneticists.
Bird Flu Mutations Revealed
Bob Grant | Apr 5, 2012
One of the researchers who created a highly transmissible form of the bird flu virus has broken his silence and shared which mutations made it possible.