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Biology

Maple leaves.
botany

The Secret Language of Plants

December 16, 2013

Striking evidence that plants warn each other of environmental dangers is reviving a once ridiculed field.

neuroscience

Inside a Brain Circuit, the Will to Press On

December 5, 2013

A rare brain stimulation study suggests that a brain circuit known as the “salience network” contributes to differences in our ability to overcome challenges and cope with stress.

genetics

Tracking the Evolution of Cancer, Cell by Cell

November 13, 2013

Analyzing individual cancer cells could reveal the answer to some of the disease’s most enduring mysteries.

An image of dendritic cells.
Biology

RNA’s Secret Life Outside the Cell

November 8, 2013

Circulating RNAs carry messages for plants and invertebrates. Do they do the same for us?

neuroscience

In Brain’s ‘Rich Club,’ Meetings of the Mind

October 24, 2013

Neuroscientists have identified a network of highly linked brain regions that could prove essential in integrating information and facilitating higher-order cognitive tasks.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

Our Bodies, Our Data

October 7, 2013

New technologies have launched the life sciences into the age of big data. Biologists must now make sense of their windfall.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

Imagining Data Without Division

September 30, 2013

As science dives headlong into an ocean of data, the demands of large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations are growing increasingly acute.

Q&A

Debating the Evolution of Multicellularity

September 25, 2013

An interview with the developmental biologist Cassandra Extavour on the origins of multicellular organisms and the evolution of cooperation.

Biology

Evolution as Opportunist

September 4, 2013

A computational study reveals surprising flexibility hidden within metabolic networks, providing new evidence for an evolutionary concept called exaptation.