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Alma Dal Co wears a blue shirt and red necklace and uses a pointer to examine a component of a laboratory machine.
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident

At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

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Union of Concerned Scientists Cofounder Kurt Gottfried Dies at 93
Lisa Winter | Sep 20, 2022 | 2 min read
The Cornell University physicist was an advocate on issues such as nuclear weapons and climate change.
Photographs of the December 2021 issue's contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2021 issue of The Scientist.
Book Excerpt from Every Life is On Fire
Jeremy England | Nov 1, 2020 | 7 min read
In Chapter 7, “Wind and Breath,” author Jeremy England considers research findings that point to a surprising, emergent property of seemingly disordered molecules.
Ibrahim Cissé’s Tools Provide a Lens to Watch RNA Production
Jef Akst | Sep 1, 2020 | 3 min read
The MIT physicist has demonstrated the importance of clusters of RNA polymerase and other transcription mediators in regulating RNA production.
Robert May, Theoretical Ecologist Who Advised UK Gov’t, Dies
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2020 | 2 min read
The Australian physicist-turned-biologist served as a top scientist in the UK government and president of the Royal Society, among other prestigious appointments.
The Dawn of Universal Ecology
Mark Colyvan, John Damuth, and Lev R. Ginzburg | Nov 1, 2019 | 5 min read
Will the study of interactions between living things ever mirror the fundamental nature of physics and mathematics?
Image of the Day: Fly Reconstruction
Emily Makowski | Sep 27, 2019 | 1 min read
Scientists create a micro-CT scan image of Drosophila in fine detail.
Exploding Stars Probably Didn’t Spur Hominins to Walk Upright
Ashley Yeager | Sep 1, 2019 | 3 min read
The astronomical idea doesn’t align well with the fossil record, anthropologists argue, but the origins of bipedalism are still difficult to determine.
Quantum Biology
Quantum Biology May Help Solve Some of Life’s Greatest Mysteries
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
From the remarkable speed of enzyme-catalyzed reactions to the workings of the human brain, numerous biological puzzles are now being explored for evidence of quantum effects.
Weak Magnetic Fields Manipulate Regeneration in Worms
Ruth Williams | Jan 30, 2019 | 3 min read
At magnetic field intensities somewhat above that of Earth, stem cell proliferation shifts gears.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Under Investigation for Sexual Misconduct
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 3, 2018 | 3 min read
Two new allegations surfaced last week, following an earlier accusation of rape.
Definition of Kilogram to Change
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 9, 2018 | 2 min read
The unit of mass will no longer be defined by a lone physical object but instead in terms of a universal constant.
Image of the Day: Cracked Skin
Jef Akst | Oct 9, 2018 | 1 min read
Micrometer-scale fractures in elephant skin results from the way the epidermis grows.
Physics Nobel Goes to Laser Pioneers
Ashley Yeager | Oct 2, 2018 | 2 min read
Three researchers, Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland, who worked on optical tweezers and chirped pulse amplification win the 2018 award.
Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies
Ashley Yeager | Mar 14, 2018 | 2 min read
Famed for his work on black holes and cosmology, he also survived decades with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Opinion: Microbiology Needs More Math
Mikhail Tikhonov | Oct 12, 2017 | 4 min read
Empirical data and humans’ biased interpretations can only get so far in truly understanding life at the microscale.
Nobel Laureate and Laser Scientist Dies
Jef Akst | Oct 2, 2017 | 2 min read
Nicolaas Bloembergen’s research laid the groundwork for the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.
Facing Brexit, U.K. Makes Science Deal with U.S.
Catherine Offord | Sep 22, 2017 | 2 min read
The $88 million agreement is part of efforts by the UK government to increase transatlantic collaboration as the country prepares to leave the European Union.
MRI Pioneer Peter Mansfield Dies
Jef Akst | Feb 13, 2017 | 2 min read
The Nobel laureate helped lay the groundwork for today’s ubiquitous magnetic resonance imaging machines.
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