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Gunman injured by armadillo ricochet

A man in East Texas is wounded after a bullet he fired at an armadillo ricocheted and hit him, the local sheriff says. Continue reading ...

There may be a complex market living in your gut

Conventional theories used by economists for the past 150 years to explain how societies buy, sell, and trade goods and services may be able to unlock mysteries about the behavior of microbial life on Earth, according to a study. Continue reading ...

New design brings world’s first solar battery to performance milestone

After debuting the world's first solar air battery last fall, researchers have now reached a new milestone. They report that their patent-pending design -- which combines a solar cell and a battery into a single device -- now achieves a 20 percent energy savings over traditional lithium-iodine batteries. Continue reading ...

Is the Asian tech boom about to bust?

Optimism and concern at HK's tech conference Continue reading ...

Rethinking Lymphatic Development

Four studies identify alternative origins for cells of the developing lymphatic system, challenging the long-standing view that they all come from veins. Continue reading ...

Get With the Program

DIY tips for adding coding to your analysis arsenal Continue reading ...

Putting Phytoremediation into Action

Researchers studying the use of bacteria and plants to remove toxins from the soil must better communicate their results if they want their techniques to be used by practitioners in the field. Continue reading ...

Drugging the Environment

Humans have spiked ecosystems with a flood of active pharmaceuticals. The drugs are feminizing male fish, confusing birds, and worrying scientists. Continue reading ...

Silence of the Lambs

A die-off of newborn lambs in Australia leads to the discovery of a new toxin and clues to a devastating liver disease in children. Continue reading ...

Good Vibrations

Does a delicately orchestrated balance between quantum and classical physics distinguish living from nonliving things? Continue reading ...

TB over Time

18th-century DNA sequences yield insights into the history of tuberculosis infections. Continue reading ...

Leaving an Imprint

Among the first to discover epigenetic reprogramming during mammalian development, Wolf Reik has been studying the dynamics of the epigenome for 30 years. Continue reading ...

The Spleen Collectors

Donated organs are helping researchers map out the immune system in humans. Continue reading ...

Gene Expression in a Drop

Tens of thousands of individual cells can have their transcriptomes analyzed simultaneously thanks to two new techniques. Continue reading ...

Building Bigger Beefsteaks

Understanding the genetics of stem cell population maintenance in plants producing jumbo tomatoes could help scientists generate more-massive fruits. Continue reading ...

Messages in the Noise

After spending more than a decade developing tools to study patterns in gene sequences, bioinformaticians are now working on programs to analyze epigenomics data. Continue reading ...

Caught on Camera

Selected Images of the Day from the-scientist.com Continue reading ...

The Human Touch

Can mice with humanlike tissues better model drug effects in people? Continue reading ...

Yun ?Nancy? Huang: Eager for Epigenetics

Assistant Professor, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Houston. Age: 35 Continue reading ...

Capsule Reviews

Gods of the Morning, Hedonic Eating, A Beautiful Question, and Genomic Messages Continue reading ...

Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2015 issue of The Scientist. Continue reading ...

Mimicry Muses

The animal world is full of clever solutions to bioengineering challenges. Continue reading ...

Speaking of Science

August 2015's selection of notable quotes Continue reading ...

A Case of Sexual Ambiguity, 1865

This year marks the 150th anniversary of an autopsy report describing the first known case of a sexual development disorder. Continue reading ...

Inspired by Nature

Researchers are borrowing designs from the natural world to advance biomedicine. Continue reading ...

The Prescient Placenta

The maternal-fetal interface plays important roles in the health of both mother and baby, even after birth. Continue reading ...

MtGox bitcoin chief held in Japan

The founder of MtGox - once the world's biggest Bitcoin exchange - is arrested by Japanese police investigating loss of nearly $400m. Continue reading ...

VIDEO: ‘Blue moon’ as seen around the world

There has been a rare opportunity to witness a unique lunar event in the night sky; a so-called "blue moon". Continue reading ...

Key gene found to drive kidney disease severity

Patients with higher levels of a key protein are at greater risk for severe kidney disease, experts report. Continue reading ...

How to encourage healthy dental habits away from home

School is just around the corner, which means backpacks and packed lunches await your children. One expert offers tips for parents to promote healthy dental habits while away from home. Continue reading ...