Prehistoric Animals, in Living Color

Paleontologists are looking beyond bones to reveal the hues of prehistoric animals that vanished millions of years ago. But the young field has its share of disagreements.

PNAS Front Matter, August 2, 2016

Live Fast, Die Young

Research into aging requires patients, but a small cadre of scientists is angling to speed up answers by developing the flamboyant, short-lived turquoise killifish as a new model.

Nature, July 21, 2016

Will Hagfish Yield the Fibers of the Future?

A tankful of wriggling proto-fish could one day offer a novel kind of strong, flexible material for buttressing bulletproof vests and reinforcing lightweight automobile parts.

PNAS Front Matter, June 28, 2016

Mining Mitochondrial DNA for New Genes

Mitochondrial DNA contains many more genes than scientists initially thought.

BioTechniques, May 18, 2016

Scions of Science

Relatives in the same career bring advantages—and challenges—for junior researchers

Nature, May 5, 2016

Smart Drugs: A Dose of Intelligence

As mind sports becomes the new frontier for doping concenrs, research is exploring whether users really get any value from ‘smart drugs.’

Nature, March 3, 2016

Climate Change Frees Ancient Artifacts

One summer 10,300 years ago, a Native American hunter prowled the Rocky Mountains. In 2007, Craig Lee picked up one of his darts. 

PNAS Front Matter, November 17, 2015

Connectomes Make the Map

Working at a variety of scales and with disparate organisms and technolgoies, researchers are mapping how parts of the brain connect.

Nature, October 1, 2015

Ten Bacteria with Real-Life Superpowers

They’re too small to see with the naked eye, but these microbes have abilities that put superheroes to shame.

BBC Earth, July 29, 2015

Probing Cosmic Mysteries in a Remote Desert

Amid the volcanic range of hte windy, otherworldly Atacama Desert, a telescope collects ancient light. Cosmologists hope it will illuminate the conditions of the universe just after its dawn 13.8 billion years ago.

PNAS Front Matter, July 14, 2015

Endoliths Hunker Down and Survive in Extreme Environments

Henry Sun works where other biologists fear to tread, or maybe they just don’t want to.

PNAS Front Matter, February 24, 2015

After a Summer of Icy Showers, What Will Happen with Buckets of Cash for ALS?

In the viral video craze of the summer, millions of people dumping freezing water on their heads generated an unexpected deluge of more than $100 million to support amyotrophic lateral sclerosis charities. Where should all that money go?

Alzforum, September 12, 2014

Microbes Take Charge

Aided by modern sequencing techniques, scientists are discovering that microorganisms can exert a powerful influence over animal behavior.

PNAS Front Matter, February 11, 2014

Electronic Cigaretts: No Smoking, But Lots of Fuming

Smokers have been banished from most public places, but what about vapers?

Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2013

A Day in the OR: Surgeons Zap Neurons for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Disease

The doctors crowd around the computer monitor, examining the brain scans of the man lying on their operating table. Deep-brain stimulation has become a standard therapy for Parkinson’s and essential tremor.

Alzforum, January 16, 2013

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