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Dreams are subjective, but there are ways to peer into the minds of people while they are dreaming. Steven Strogatz speaks with sleep researcher Antonio Zadra about how new experimental methods have changed our understanding of dreams.
By studying how electric organs arose in different lineages of fish, scientists gain new insights into a long-standing question of evolutionary biology.
A statistical analysis of chemical tags on DNA may help unify disparate theories of aging.
The biochemist Nick Lane thinks life first evolved in hydrothermal vents where precursors of metabolism appeared before genetic information. His ideas could lead us to think differently about aging and cancer.
Partnerships between engineers and biologists have begun to reveal how birds evolved their superb maneuverability.
Perineuronal nets, rigid structures that hold certain neurons in place, affect a surprising amount of brain activity, including some associated with chronic pain.
Structural studies of the robust material called sporopollenin reveal how it made plants hardy enough to reproduce on dry land.
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