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Plant Intranet Seen in Action

How do roots respond to what the top of the plant experiences? With an elaborate communication system resembling email.

Cell Biologists Use Machine Language

This is a golden age of discovery about molecular machines, but the metaphor may be moving from machinery to information processing.

The Cures Are Inside You

Your body has the means to repair itself, if the right cells get into the right places.

The Machinery Behind the Senses

There's a lot of physical work our eyes, ears, and brain cells perform to support our perceptions of the world.

How Useful Is Evolutionary Theory?

What has Darwin done for you lately? Some evolutionists promote Darwinism because of its alleged usefulness to humanity.

How Explanatory Is Evolutionary Theory?

Darwinians make big boasts about their theory as the central organizing principle in biology, but what does it actually explain?

Animals Overcome Limitations of Physics

The limits of human engineering have been overcome by animals in surprising ways worth imitating.

Monarch Butterflies Do Not Have to Migrate

When 101 butterfly genomes were compared, there were surprises.

Of Molecules and Men

Atoms and molecules are tiny but can have a big influence on the habitability of planets and astrobiologists' theories about them.

Findings Spur New Ethical Challenges

Some researchers are pushing harder for human embryonic stem cells over induced pluripotent stem cells. Other news overlapping with ethics is noted in this entry.

Scientific Claims Are Reversible

How much confidence can the public put in scientific claims today, given that some long-lived dogmas have been reversed?

Body Wonders at the Cellular Level

If we kept track of all the nano-scopic processes that keep us alive, we would be giga-astonished.

Mars Radiation Fries Organic Compounds

Don't expect the "building blocks of life" to last very long on Mars.

Beat the Competition with Natural Design

Want to engineer something right the first time and beat the competition? Find out how life does it.

Living Stalactites and Other Geological Surprises

Dripstones in caves can be made by microbes, some speleologists find. That's among several recent geological surprises.
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