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  • Light Offers New Way to Control Cell Biology

    Light Offers New Way to Control Cell Biology

    Via R&D Magazine : Biochemists have seen the light in developing a new way to control biology at the cellular level. Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a tool called a photocleavable protein that breaks into two pieces when exposed to light, allowing scientists to study and manipulate activity […]

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    Why You’re Still Smarter Than A Computer

    Via Fortune : You have really great eyes. Computers today are smart. Recently, they’ve mastered the art of one of the most difficult board games. They’ve proven themselves capable of reading human expressions well enough to pick a “most smiled at” ad out of the Super Bowl. And one clever bot […]

  • Meet the Chocolate Chip Starfish and Its Unusual Relatives

    Meet the Chocolate Chip Starfish and Its Unusual Relatives

    Via National Geographic : Just after the holidays I was shocked to see a cookie sitting at the bottom of a pet store aquarium. This Twilight Zone moment was brought to me by the chocolate chip starfish, a common name applied to multiple species of the family Oreasteridae, says Chris Mah, […]

  • Niceness is in Your DNA, Scientists Find

    Niceness is in Your DNA, Scientists Find

    Via Live Science : Many times, two siblings raised by the same parents, and subject to similar environmental influences, can turn out to be polar opposites: one kind and generous, the other mean-spirited. A new study reveals that the latter might simply have been dealt the wrong hormone receptor genes. Oxytocin […]

  • Your Brain Is a Mosaic of Male and Female

    Your Brain Is a Mosaic of Male and Female

    Via Life Science : There is no such thing as a “male brain” or a “female brain,” new research finds. Instead, men and women’s brains are an unpredictable mishmash of malelike and femalelike features, the study concludes. Even in brain regions previously thought to show differences based on sex, variability is […]

  • Why Does Rain Smell Good?

    Why Does Rain Smell Good?

    Via Live Science : Do you love the good smell of rain? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival. But what makes rain smell so nice? There are […]

  • Top 10 universities for biology

    Top 10 universities for biology

    Via Telegraph : Biological science is a field that is rapidly growing in popularity. Students who study biological science at university are able to venture off into a variety of careers, including becoming a research technician, working in human resources (HR), pharmaceuticals or bio bank managing. Our top 10 guide takes […]

  • 3 photosynthesis hacks to feed the planet

    3 photosynthesis hacks to feed the planet

    Via Futurity : In order to feed a growing world population—a predicted 10.5 billion by 2050—plant scientists are looking for ways to get past shrinking arable land and stagnating crop productivity. The last time population outran agricultural productivity, we were rescued by the Green Revolution, an increase in the harvest index […]