Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018
Most people can name at least a few bones of the human body, but not many know about the cytoskeleton within our cells, let alone the “microtubules” that give it its shape. Now, a group of Princeton researchers has resolved a long-standing controversy by identifying exactly how the body creates these micron-sized filaments.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Before engineers can build a reactor to produce electricity from fusion, they have to make the reactor’s walls able to withstand the heat and energetic particles from the reactions. It is a hellish environment and requires a very special material.
Monday, Mar 26, 2018
Scientists have recently learned how to use light to control specific groups of neurons to better understand the operation of the brain, a development that has transformed areas of neuroscience.
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018
For more than a century, biologists ignored a fundamental question about how cells do the business of sorting molecules in a crowd. Then came Cliff Brangwynne, whose surprising work showed that certain proteins separate into globules much like droplets of vinegar suspended in oil.
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018
Drinking is the principal route for water intake for most animal, a critical feature for their sustenance. The rules that govern this challenge, however, are not the same for all creatures, depending on their size and habitat. While suction is a common strategy, water uptake can thus take many forms, such as the use of hairy tongues.