Solar-Powered Yeast Are More Efficient Drug Factories
Solar-Powered Yeast Are More Efficient Drug Factories
Researchers have outfitted brewer’s yeast with light-harvesting semiconductors to boost chemical productivity.
Solar-Powered Yeast Are More Efficient Drug Factories
Solar-Powered Yeast Are More Efficient Drug Factories

Researchers have outfitted brewer’s yeast with light-harvesting semiconductors to boost chemical productivity.

Researchers have outfitted brewer’s yeast with light-harvesting semiconductors to boost chemical productivity.

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Winter Brain Blues
Winter Brain Blues
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2018
Researchers identify neurological pathways through which light affects mood and learning in mice.
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Kerry Grens | Jan 31, 2018
Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 14, 2017
Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. 
Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor
Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor
Erin Hare | May 22, 2017
Genetically engineered "disco bacteria" sense and respond to different colors of light, creating both stunning art in the culture dish and new possibilities for synthetic biology.
Phosphorylation at the Flick of a Switch
Phosphorylation at the Flick of a Switch
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2017
Incorporating light-controlled dimerization domains into kinases provides tight regulation of these enzymes.
Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?
Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?
Alison F. Takemura | Oct 1, 2016
Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.
Light Sensors in Cephalopod Skin
Light Sensors in Cephalopod Skin
Kerry Grens | May 21, 2015
Squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses possess vision machinery in their skin.
The Dark Side of Light
The Dark Side of Light
Kerry Grens | May 14, 2015
Artificially extended days cause mice to gain fat and alter the function of their brown fat, a study shows.
Panic of the Disco Clam
Panic of the Disco Clam
Jenny Rood | Jan 6, 2015
The mollusk’s flashy tactics scare off predators.