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A Bolt out of the Blue

New research shows that lightning is a surprisingly complex and mystifying phenomenon

By Joseph R. Dwyer

Can Chlamydia Be Stopped?

Chlamydia is a rampant sexually transmitted disease, the world's leading cause of preventable blindness and a possible contributor to heart disease. Recent discoveries are suggesting new ways to curtail its spread

By David M. Ojcius, Toni Darville and Patrik M. Bavoil

Molecular Treasure Hunt

A software tool elicits previously undiscovered gene or protein pathways by combing through hundreds of thousands of journal articles

By Gary Stix

What Heated the Asteroids?

Collisions among asteroids in the early history of the solar system may help explain why many of these rocky bodies reached high temperatures

By Alan E. Rubin

His Brain, Her Brain

It turns out that male and female brains differ quite a bit in architecture and activity. Research into these variations could lead to sex-specific treatments for disorders such as depression and schizophrenia

By Larry Cahill

Neuromorphic Microchips

Compact, efficient electronics based on the brain's neural system could yield implantable silicon retinas to restore vision, as well as robotic eyes and other smart sensors

By Kwabena Boahen


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