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15 Aug
When individuals swarm, they must somehow communicate to direct collective motion. Swarms of robots need to deal with outliers, such as robots that move more slowly than the rest. Rubenstein – [Read More]
15 Aug
Rats use brain cells called “place” cells to figure out where they are. Rich et al. used mazes or tracks many meters long—the size of rats' ranges in the wild—to investigate how rat – [Read More]
15 Aug
NASA's Stardust spacecraft has been collecting cosmic dust: Aerogel tiles and aluminum foil sat for nearly 200 days in the interstellar dust stream before returning to Earth. Citizen – [Read More]
15 Aug
A growth factor receptor called EGFR is often overactive in glioblastoma, a common and frequently lethal form of brain cancer. Kusne et al. found that the kinase aPKC was stimulated – [Read More]
15 Aug
Because RNA normally functions ROBOTICS within an individual cell, we generally think that we keep our RNAs to ourselves. Kim et al. now show that the parasitic dodder plant – [Read More]
15 Aug
Patients with cystic fibrosis have difficulty breathing because their airways are clogged with thick mucus. Does this mucus accumulate because there is a defect in the way it is produced? – [Read More]
15 Aug
Sepsis is a complication of infection that kills ∼7 million people a year, with no successful molecular therapy. But cells are more versatile than molecules: They make products and r – [Read More]
15 Aug
Researchers have long fabricated intricate nanostructures from carefully linked DNA strands. Now they can use RNA made by gene expression, which avoids the costly strand synthesis and – [Read More]
15 Aug
Sewer systems are corroding at an alarming rate, costing governments billions of dollars to replace. Differences among water treatment systems make it difficult to track down the source – [Read More]
15 Aug
Prenatal exposures of a mother can affect the health of her offspring, but how? Radford et al. found that the male progeny of undernourished pregnant mice had altered DNA chemistry – [Read More]
15 Aug
An unknown interloper systematically picks off light from galactic sources, snatching at specific wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet to the infrared. The cause of what astronomers – [Read More]
15 Aug
Plants transform water into the oxygen we breathe using a protein-bound cluster of four manganese (Mn) ions and a calcium ion. Cox et al. now establish the precise electronic – [Read More]
15 Aug
Unfertilized eggs contain components that can dedifferentiate other cells that have gone down the path toward a specific cell fate. Gonzalez-Muñoz et al. show that the protein-folding – [Read More]
15 Aug
To make an entire animal, many and varied cell types form and interact. Some of these differentiated cells take a U-turn and can de-differentiate or transdifferentiate to another cell – [Read More]
15 Aug
Cell-free systems that reconstitute biochemical pathways have been critical for unraveling the inner workings of the cell. Karzbrun et al. created a highly miniaturized cell-free – [Read More]
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