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Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Let the structural symphony begin

Let the structural symphony begin

Like other structural biologists, Eva Nogales works in extraordinary times. The University of California, Berkeley, faculty member now has the tools to tackle important questions about cells’ molecular machinery that would have been impossible to answer just a few [Read More]

Living Long Beneath the Sea

Living Long Beneath the Sea

  In the muck beneath the ocean floor, there’s something alive. Lots of somethings. But don’t worry: You’ll never see them. Instead, these tiny, one-celled germs are content to hunker down in very old clay, for a very long time, eating just enough to stay alive. [Read More]

Icy inns at Earth’s end

Icy inns at Earth’s end

  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, reminding us once again of the deadly threat icebergs can pose to life. Still, the bad reputation icebergs sometimes have isn’t entirely deserved — even if the scientists who study these [Read More]

Interrupting cancer’s travel plans

Interrupting cancer’s travel plans

Randy Watnickʼs pursuit of a better drug against metastatic cancer began late at night in early 2005. His infant daughter had woken up in tears at their home in Newton, Mass., near Boston. The molecular biologist climbed out of bed, scooped up the sobbing baby, and helped [Read More]

Green Hornets

Green Hornets

Oriental wasps turn ultraviolet light into energy, say researchers from Tel Aviv University. Listen to this show from the Loh Down on Science to learn more. [Read More]

Lotion takes a bite out of snake venom

Lotion takes a bite out of snake venom

For a person who has the rotten luck to get bitten by a poisonous snake, every second counts. That’s because venom can spread quickly from the site of the bite to the rest of the body, causing pain, suffering — even death. Australian scientists now have found a way to [Read More]

Gut Instinct

Gut Instinct

For every cell in your brain, bones, organs and blood, there are 10 bacteria. They’re not going anywhere, so you might as well get used to them. Bacteria can be helpful: Some live in the intestines and aid with digestion. They can also be harmful: Some bacteria cause [Read More]

Germy weather

Germy weather

Some people see hail; others see opportunity. I wrote a short snap for Science News for Kids about what a researcher found inside hailstones. Read it here. It was based on a longer Science News article by Janet Raloff. [Read More]

Wormy underground

Wormy underground

Scientists have discovered a new kind of nematode living in three-quarters of a mile underground in a gold mine in South Africa.  If worms can survive in extreme underground environments, then perhaps similar life exists deep beneath the surface of other planets. I wrote [Read More]

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The Riddle of Bacteria and Cancer

The Riddle of Bacteria and Cancer

The human body teems with bacteria. These micro-organisms live on the skin, in mucus membranes, on the eyes and in the [Read More]

The wild weirdness of topological insulators

The wild weirdness of topological insulators

For more than 200 years, physicists have wanted to understand why electricity flows through some materials and not [Read More]

Every breath we take

Every breath we take

Back in Christmas 2013, the CineStar cinema in Mainz, Germany, became an impromptu, oversized laboratory. Over the [Read More]

Metagenomics for foodies

Metagenomics for foodies

Kefir is a viscous, sour-tasting, slightly alcoholic, milk-based beverage that’s been consumed for centuries. [Read More]

A woman’s place is in science

A woman’s place is in science

Last October in a noisy ballroom in Nashville, Tenn., six girls sat at a round table to design a spacecraft that could [Read More]

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