Clips

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A Tricky Parasite

Trichomonas vaginalis enlists helpers to battle the immune system.

Science News, April 27, 2019

I discuss this story on the Scienced! podcast.


Night Visions

Many animals once thought to have poor sight in low light use tricks in the nervous systems to see brilliantly in the dark.

Scientific American, May 2019 (paywall)


The Pain Gap

After decades of assuming that pain works in the same way in all sexes, scientists are finding that different biological pathways can produce an ‘ouch!’.

I discuss this story on the Nature podcast.                                         Nature,  March 28, 2019


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Blowin’ in the Wind

Scientists have documented forests’ resilience to big storms, but they wonder if climate change will outpace the ecosystems’ adaptations

The Scientist, February, 2018


Shell Games

Microbes, traditionally thought to lack organelles, get a metabolic boost from geometric compartments that act as cauldrons for chemical reactions.

The Scientist, December, 2018


If Mammoth Tusks Could Talk

Five new things we’re learning about the extinct animals and their ancient kin.

Knowable, November 17, 2018

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How Halloween Has Traveled the Globe

Whether trick-or-treating in the United States or costume play celebrations in Japan, Allhallows Eve has taken many forms as its traditions travel the world.

Sapiens, October 26, 2018


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The Mysterious Parentage of the Coveted Black Truffle

It’s a mystery with major implications for farmers, chefs, and foodies enamored with the pungent, expensive black truffle.

PNAS Front Matter, October 9, 2018


Smile for the Camera

Use interviews to promote your science, raise your profile and practise your media skills.

Nature Careers, October 4, 2018


Plant Partners

Scientists are tinkering with plant microbiomes to feed the world and save endangered species.

Science News, September, 2018


Protein Time Machine

Scientists resurrect proteins from the past to answer today’s evolutionary questions and inspire tomorrow’s bioengineered molecules.

The Scientist, July/August, 2018

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The Ancient Ones

Identification of new archaeal species elucidates the domain’s unique biology and its relationship to eukaryotes.

The Scientist, June, 2018


Uncovering Ancient Clues to Humanity’s First Fires

How and when our ancestors mastered the use of fire remains a hotly debated question. Researchers are hunting for answers buried in ancient ash and baked soils.

SAPIENS, June 14, 2017


A Sea of Hurt

Venomous swimmers have evolved many ways to sting. (paywall)

Science News, April 29, 2017


Sympathy for the Devils

The Tasmanian devil is endangered by a bizarre transmissible cancer, but scientists and the devils themselves are fighting back.

BioTechniques, April 12, 2017


Darwinian Lizards

The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.

The Scientist, January 1, 2017


Medical Histories

The first medical interventions were often individualized but ineffective. As medicine became more scientific, physicians started grouping patients by disease. Now, genetic insights let doctors consider their patients unique genetic make-up.

Nature, September 8, 2016


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 patience, 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


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

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