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2022 Top 10 Innovations 
2022 Top 10 Innovations
The Scientist | Dec 12, 2022 | 10+ min read
This year’s crop of winning products features many with a clinical focus and others that represent significant advances in sequencing, single-cell analysis, and more.
a three star rating displays next to a bowl of fruits and vegetables with a stethoscope, scale, and other health and fitness supplies in the background.
5-Star Rating System Ranks the Validity of Health Advice
Katherine Irving | Oct 10, 2022 | 2 min read
The proposed tool aims to inject clarity into the often-murky science of health risk factors, but some experts are skeptical that it’ll succeed.
A postcard from the early 1900s depicting an Indigenous midden in Damariscotta, Maine.
Sticks and Bones, Circa 8000 BCE
Dan Robitzski | Sep 1, 2022 | 3 min read
Ancient stashes of animal bones, tools, and other artifacts are often dismissed as archaic garbage heaps, but the deposits provide glimpses of the cultural practices and environmental conditions of past Indigenous settlements.
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Last Chance to Enter Our Annual Top 10 Innovations Contest
The Scientist | Jul 11, 2022 | 1 min read
There is only one week remaining to submit your new product to vie for a coveted spot in The Scientist’s 2022 competition.
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CRACK Method Reveals Novel Neuron Type in Mouse Brain
Dan Robitzski | Apr 18, 2022 | 3 min read
A new technique reveals cells’ precise locations and functions in the brain. Its developers have already used it to identify a previously unknown neuron type.
Illustration showing how calcium imaging and HCR-FISH combined is a technique called comprehensive readout of activity and cell type markers (CRACK)
Infographic: Simultaneously Studying Neuron Structure and Function
Dan Robitzski | Apr 18, 2022 | 1 min read
A new methodology combines existing techniques to reveal the specific function and location of multiple types of neurons at once.
Enter Our 2021 Top 10 Innovations Contest
The Scientist | Jun 10, 2021 | 1 min read
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Conch Horn Finds Its Song Again After 17,000 Years
Lisa Winter | Feb 10, 2021 | 1 min read
Listen to a musicologist blow through the oldest known shell horn.
Snappy Acronyms Generate Excitement for Science (SAGES)
Andy Tay | Feb 5, 2020 | 3 min read
Scientists see great value in catchy acronyms, so they get creative when it comes to naming new tools and techniques.
Infographic: How a City Health Department Uses Social Media
Emma Yasinski | Jan 6, 2020 | 1 min read
Foodborne illnesses are consistently underreported. Social media may help.
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Can Social Media Inform Public Health Efforts?
Emma Yasinski | Jan 6, 2020 | 9 min read
Scientists are using social media to track diseases and understand how people respond to them.
Infographic: How HealthMap Tracks Disease
Emma Yasinski | Jan 6, 2020 | 1 min read
A group of epidemiologists and computer scientists built a system to mine various online sources for keywords suggesting disease outbreaks.
Worm Embryogenesis: Cell by Cell and Gene by Gene
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2019 | 2 min read
A single-cell map of C. elegans’s transcriptome during development finds cell lineages that start out genetically different and end up as cells of similar function and genetic profile.
c. elegans sleep microfluidics
Microfluidic Chambers Trigger Sleep in C. elegans
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Nov 19, 2019 | 4 min read
This newly described behavior occurs spontaneously, but can be modulated by food availability, temperature, and the size of the chambers.
New Tools in the Works to Probe Adult Human Neurogenesis
Ashley Yeager | Oct 7, 2019 | 6 min read
Conflicting results on the existence of new neurons in adults have researchers designing new ways to identify and count neuronal progenitors—and finally get to the bottom of neurogenesis.
New Tissue Clearing Methods Offer a Window into the Brain
Andy Tay | Oct 1, 2019 | 7 min read
Researchers are developing a variety of approaches for clearing neural tissue to get a better view of the brain’s circuitry.
Extended Until August 19: Enter Our Top 10 Innovations Contest Today
The Scientist | Aug 12, 2019 | 1 min read
Submit your new product by the end of the day Monday to have a chance at being selected for a coveted spot in The Scientist's 2019 competition.
A Brief Guide to the Current CRISPR Landscape
Diana Kwon | Jul 15, 2019 | 5 min read
Hundreds of CRISPR patents have been granted around the world, and the number of applications continues to grow at a rapid pace.
USPTO Restarts CRISPR Patent Dispute Between Broad and UC
Jef Akst | Jun 26, 2019 | 2 min read
The US patent office declares an interference between the intellectual property held by the Broad Institute and several patent applications filed by the University of California—opposite its previous ruling.
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