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July 28, 2014

Discovery of a new organelle: Introducing the tannosome

With all the advances in scientific technology over the last 50 years, sometimes it’s hard to believe there are still discoveries to be made. Particularly in areas that have already received a lot of study, like...

A reviewer at the National Institutes of evaluates a grant proposal. (Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health)

July 23, 2014

Peer review: New approaches to an old system

A scientist’s reputation and funding for research can hinge on recommendations by other scientists in the centuries-old peer review process. To ensure a credible body of scientific knowledge, research papers and proposals are evaluated by other...

purple nut sedge

July 18, 2014

Studying Food and Culture with Chemistry

Earlier this week a team of researchers from the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain published a paper in the journal PLOS ONE with new details about the diets of ancient people who lived in what is...


July 12, 2014

Phytoremediation: The power of plants to clean up the environment

The tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 not only caused extensive damage to the country’s infrastructure, but also poisoned the environment when it caused the Fukushima nuclear power plant to leak radiation into the surrounding area. ...


July 3, 2014

Great Whites on the upswing

We all know the iconic tune: A single cello plays a deep ‘G’ and ‘A’, then a pause. It repeats the same two notes continually for many bars, each time the speed picking up until it...

Namib Desert beetle (Wikimedia Commons)

June 24, 2014

Lessons from the desert beetle: Harvesting water from the atmosphere

Clean water shortage affects every continent, with almost one-fifth of the world’s population living in areas where water is in short supply (United Nations). And renewable freshwater resources are projected to dwindle further, according to the...

June 19, 2014

Video of the Week: The Circle of Life

Have you been feeling close to nature lately? That might be because you are made of the very same stuff as trees, water and air. Living creatures constantly exchange atoms of carbon and oxygen with plants...

June 13, 2014

Video of the Week: Clues about our Origins from New Fossils of Prehistoric Fish

Getting a clear picture of our early evolutionary ancestors is challenging, in part because one of the biggest tools in reconstructing the past is fossil evidence. Fossils are very telling when it comes to bones, but...

Peat bog in Congo-Brazzaville

June 4, 2014

Discovery of a massive African peat bog: A new resource for understanding climate

In April, while exploring uncharted regions of western central Africa, a team of scientists came across an incredibly large yet unknown peat bog in an area called the Congo Basin.  Stretching across the Democratic Republic of Congo and...


May 28, 2014

Return of the wisent: Restoring ecosystems through rewilding

On May 17, 2014, more than 250 people assembled on a muddy path in the Southern Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania for a special homecoming celebration. Enter the European bison, or wisent (17 of them to be...