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Polymer with Muscle

Tired of being pushed around by those other polymers, Harvard University researchers attached rat heart muscle cells [ above ] to a plastic film, creating thin polymer sheets that pulsate on their own or when electrically zapped and can twist, grip and even swim through liquid, as described in last week's Science ...

September 17, 2007

The Trouble with Men

Deadbeat granddads, life-shortening sons and genetically bullying brothers—these are just a few effects revealed in biologist Virpi Lummaa's studies of how evolutionary forces shape later generations...

September 16, 2007 — David Biello

Salmon Spawn Trout

Endangered fish species may be preserved by manipulating more common species to produce them

September 13, 2007 — David Biello

Can Fat Be Fit?

In this episode, award-winning journalist Paul Raeburn talks about his article in the September issue of Scientific American, called "Can Fat Be Fit?" as well as another piece he wrote as a sidebar to a feature, about losing weight and keeping it off...

September 12, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

An interview with Alex, the African grey parrot

As you may have heard, Alex, the celebrated African Grey parrot, died recently. He was 31. Irene Pepperberg of Brandeis University began working with Alex when he was little more than a year old, hoping to gain insights into avian intelligence...

September 12, 2007 — Kate Wong

Jaws Squared

Like something straight out of Aliens, the moray eel's twin jaws cooperate to snap up prey, according to a new study.

September 11, 2007

Extra Genes For Starch Eaters

Humans have different numbers of a gene for digesting starch, probably because starch-eaters who got more of the genes had an advantage. Karen Hopkin reports.

September 10, 2007

World Rabies Day Aims At Rabies Awareness

Saturday, September 8th, is World Rabies Day, to raise people's awareness about the disease--rabies still kills 55,000 people every year. Steve Mirsky reports. For more info, go to

September 7, 2007
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