techniques, evolution, disease & medicine
White’s the Matter
White’s the Matter
Kelly Rae Chi | Nov 1, 2014
A basic guide to white matter imaging using diffusion MRI
Walking with Whales
Walking with Whales
J.G.M. “Hans” Thewissen | Nov 1, 2014
The history of cetaceans can serve as a model for both evolutionary dynamics and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Light-Operated Drugs
Light-Operated Drugs
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2014
Scientists create a photosensitive pharmaceutical to target a glutamate receptor.
Mouse Traps
Mouse Traps
Marissa Fessenden | Nov 1, 2014
How to avoid pitfalls in assays of mouse behavior
The Body Electric, 1840s
The Body Electric, 1840s
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2014
Emil du Bois-Reymond’s innovations for recording electrical signals from living tissue set the stage for today’s neural monitoring techniques.
Rapid Evolution in Real Time
Rapid Evolution in Real Time
Sandhya Sekar | Oct 23, 2014
On islands off the coast of Florida, scientists uncover swift adaptive changes among Carolina anole populations, whose habitats were disturbed by the introduction of another lizard species.
Electromagnetism Promotes Pluripotency: Study
Electromagnetism Promotes Pluripotency: Study
Kerry Grens | Oct 23, 2014
A paper published last month claims that electromagnetic exposure facilitates cell reprogramming, but some scientists question the evidence.
Ancient Sex
Ancient Sex
Sandhya Sekar | Oct 19, 2014
Fossils of an extinct, armored fish challenge current understanding of when copulation and internal fertilization evolved in jawed vertebrates.
New Genes = New Archaea?
New Genes = New Archaea?
Molly Sharlach | Oct 15, 2014
Genes acquired from bacteria contributed to the origins of archaeal lineages, a large-scale phylogenetic analysis suggests.
Modified Yeast Tolerate Alcohol, Heat
Modified Yeast Tolerate Alcohol, Heat
Kate Yandell | Oct 2, 2014
Simple changes help yeast thrive in the presence of their own harmful byproducts and could boost biofuel production.