techniques, microbiology, culture, evolution
Chasing Grasshoppers
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 12, 2011
A conversation with Dan Otte, a South African artist and curator of entomology at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Otte also happens to have discovered around 20 percent of the cricket species known to date.
Fair Trade at Plant Roots
Kerry Grens | Aug 11, 2011
Plant and fungal symbionts swap more resources with partners that provide a greater return of nutrients.
Yeast Don't Need Oxygen
Bob Grant | Aug 11, 2011
Scientists discover that ancestors of the unicellular fungi can synthesize essential biomolecules with only trace levels of O2.
Next Generation: Hundreds of Cell-Analyses at Once
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 11, 2011
A new microfluidics chip lets researchers analyze the nucleic acids of 300 individual cells simultaneously.
Why Have Twins?
Jef Akst | Aug 11, 2011
Mothers more likely to have twins have heavier, healthier non-twin babies, possibly explaining why twinning evolved.
Arsenic-Based Life, Open to Critique
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 10, 2011
A researcher is repeating the controversial experiments that suggested a bacterium used arsenic rather than phosphorus in its DNA—with the world watching.
Turmoil at Brazilian Research Center
Jef Akst | Aug 9, 2011
More than 100 researchers have left a neuroscience institute in Brazil in the last couple of weeks, protesting managerial problems they say are thwarting their work.
Rewriting E. coli’s Genetic Code
Sabine Louët | Aug 5, 2011
Researchers use directed evolution to create a bacterial strain that substitutes a synthetic base for thymine.
UK Reforms Copyright Laws
Jef Akst | Aug 4, 2011
The United Kingdom is revamping its intellectual property laws for published research.
Science Education Shift
Megan Scudellari | Aug 3, 2011
A new educational framework swaps breadth of scientific disciplines for depth and emphasizes the process of science.