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From Hunter-Gatherer to Modern Farmer

Here are some headlines concerning early man and the ongoing struggle by humans to improve life.

Remarkable Cell Processes That Keep You Alive

Within the factories of molecular machines that run living cells, including those in the human body, processes occur non-stop that are designed to meet every contingency. Here are just a few examples.

Toddler Beats Artificial Intelligence Computers

Artificial intelligence, despite decades of work, still cannot match some of the mental capabilities of a 3-year-old. Computers have no common sense.

Parallel Universe of Microbial "Dark Matter" Revealed

As scientists continue to find incredible diversity in the smallest of organisms, realizations of all we've been missing are changing conceptions of life.

You've Got Quality Control

What could identify intelligent design more than the discovery of "quality control"? Your cells employ QC every day.

Stem Cell Wars Continue

The race continues between scientists desperately seeking a rationale for harvesting human embryos and those who say, having adult stem cells and iPS cells available, they are unnecessary – and their use is unethical.

Muscle Power Is Designed, Not Evolutionary

The wonder of muscle inspires both awe at its design and opportunities for evolutionary storytelling.

New Biomimetics Projects

These recently-reported attempts to mimic nature show that the biomimetics revolution continues, with no end in sight.

Brain Cells Have a Twist-Open Gate

The structure of an important potassium-ion gate in the membrane of brain cells has been found to open like a camera iris.

Quantum Secret of Photosynthesis Revealed

The magic of light capture by plants is so small and fast, its secrets are only now being understood.

Molecular Motors Put a Spring in Your Step

When you feel in spring in your step, thank tiny molecular motors in your muscles and tissues that make it possible.

Wonders of the Spliceosome Coming to Light

The more we learn about a vital molecular machine in the nucleus, the spliceosome, the more complex and important it seems.

Hear Ye! Directional Sound Enabled by Superfast Neurons

How can you tell where sounds come from? The brain is quicker than the speed of sound between your ears.

Depending on Source, Stem Cells Can Kill or Heal

Stem cells continue to show promise for dramatic healings, but reporters don't always clarify what lived or died to produce the cells. Adult stem cells inhabit all living humans; embryonic or fetal stem cells require a human death.

New Biomimetics Stories

Here are some new ways scientists are imitating plants and animals to understand their designs and make new products.
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