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climate science

Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor

October 9, 2018

New work at the intersection of atmospheric science and ecology is finding that forests can influence rainfall and climate from across a continent.

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Abstractions blog

Three Biochemists Win Chemistry Nobel for Directing Evolution

October 3, 2018

By using the power of evolution to solve practical problems, three researchers opened new avenues to chemical discovery.

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Abstractions blog

Unexpected Diversity Found in 16 New Lab Mouse Genomes

October 1, 2018

The availability of 16 new mouse genomes will help accelerate research into the genetic underpinnings of human traits and diseases.

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Abstractions blog

Nobel Prize Awarded for Cancer Immunotherapy

October 1, 2018

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing ways to unleash the immune system more effectively against cancers.

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Abstractions blog

‘Traffic Jams’ of Cells Help to Sculpt Embryos

September 27, 2018

By measuring mechanical forces inside an embryo for the first time, researchers have shown how a physical “jamming” mechanism assists development.

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ecology

How Nature Defies Math in Keeping Ecosystems Stable

September 26, 2018

Paradoxically, the abundance of tight interactions among living species usually leads to disasters in ecological models. New analyses hint at how nature seemingly defies the math.

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artificial intelligence

New AI Strategy Mimics How Brains Learn to Smell

September 18, 2018

Machine learning techniques are commonly based on how the visual system processes information. To beat their limitations, scientists are drawing inspiration from the sense of smell.

Q&A

On Waste Plastics at Sea, She Finds Unique Microbial Multitudes

September 13, 2018

Maria-Luiza Pedrotti is illuminating the unseen worlds of plastic-eating bacteria that teem in massive ocean garbage patches.

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genomics

World’s Simplest Animal Reveals Hidden Diversity

September 12, 2018

The first animal genus defined purely by genetic characters represents a new era for the sorting and naming of animals.