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


Resistance Threatens Recent Success Seen in Battle Against Malaria

The disease-causing parasite is once again starting to evade front-line strategies but scientists are preparing their next volleys.

Knowable Magazine, September 28, 2018

Plant Partners

Scientists are tinkering wiht 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

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

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

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