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The Quest for Better Broccoli Starts with More Science

Everyone knows that broccoli is good for you. What was not known—until researchers examined how broccoli was prepared for distribution—is that frozen broccoli lacked the cancer-fighting nutrients that the fresh vegetable provided...

March 30, 2015 — Tom Grumbly
Along the Tiger's Trail: Counting the Prey

Along the Tiger's Trail: Counting the Prey

Thimmayya, a Jenu Kuruba tribesman who lives in the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve is leading the way. Following him is Killivalavan Rayar, a senior research associate working with WCS India Program...

March 27, 2015 — Varun R. Goswami and N. Samba Kumar

Ahoy! Thar Be a New Seadragon in the Briny Deep

As fabulous, fantastical gems of evolution go, seadragons are hard to beat. The weedy seadgragon: “Weedy seadragon-Phyllopteryx taeniolatus” by Sylke Rohrlach – http://www.flickr.com/photos/87895263@N06/11259275943/sizes/l/in/photostream/...

March 24, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer
Birdwatchers, Hunters Train Their Scopes on Conservation

Birdwatchers, Hunters Train Their Scopes on Conservation

Sparked by Richard Louv's book on Nature-Deficit Disorder, many organizations, agencies, teachers and the White House have made the push to get people outside for the benefit of their mental and physical health...

March 9, 2015 — Caren Cooper
Along the Tiger's Trail: Where Are the Cats Found and Why?

Along the Tiger's Trail: Where Are the Cats Found and Why?

A team of four WCS India Program field members are sweating it out in the rugged hilly terrain of Malenad. Walking neither too fast, nor too slow, they follow a trail, diligently observing and recording signs of tigers and other wildlife along the way...

March 3, 2015 — A. Srivathsa, K.K. Karanth and S. Shrestha
Along the Tiger's Trail: What’s in Scat?

Along the Tiger's Trail: What’s in Scat?

Editor's Note: "Along the Tiger's Trail" is a  series about the efforts to monitor tigers and their prey in the Malenad landscape in southwestern India that harbors one of the world's largest population of wild tigers...

February 5, 2015 — Arjun Srivathsa, Dr. Krithi K. Karanth and Sheren Shrestha

Using Light to Monitor and Activate Specific Brain Cells

The past several years have brought two parallel revolutions in neuroscience. Researchers have begun using genetically encoded sensors to monitor the behavior of individual neurons, and they've been using brief pulses of light to trigger certain types of neurons to activate...

January 22, 2015 — Ben Thomas
Along the Tiger’s Trail: It’s All in the Stripes

Along the Tiger’s Trail: It’s All in the Stripes

Editor's Note: "Along the Tiger's Trail" is a  series about the efforts to monitor tigers and their prey in the Malenad landscape in southwestern India that harbors one of the world's largest population of wild tigers...

January 12, 2015 — Arjun Srivathsa and Krithi K. Karanth

Octopus Genome Remains Elusive—But Full of Promise

As many mysteries as the octopus holds—its comprehensive camouflage, smart suckers, agile brain—its genome is surely holding many more (including how it can regenerate its arms—suckers, nerves and all)...

December 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Along the Tiger's Trail: Trapping Season Begins

Editor’s Note: “Along the Tiger’s Trail” is a  series about the efforts to monitor tigers and their prey in the Malenad landscape in southwestern India that harbors one of the world's largest population of wild tigers...

December 22, 2014 — K. Ullas Karanth
Neutrinos on Ice: Waiting to Fly

Neutrinos on Ice: Waiting to Fly

It’s another beautiful day in Antarctica, and the time has come to launch ANITA! Finding the right date is tricky. Many factors have to fall into place.

December 19, 2014 — Katie Mulrey
7 Surprising Things Penguins of Madagascar Gets Right about Octopuses—and 4 It Gets Wrong

7 Surprising Things Penguins of Madagascar Gets Right About Octopuses—And 4 It Gets Wrong

It’s not very often that a movie comes out that features an octopus as one of the main (speaking) characters. (And they only occasionally become the star of a video game.) So if you wouldn’t mind indulging me for a brief detour into animation territory, let’s see what Hollywood gets right (and wrong) about this [...]..

December 18, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Solving the “Hard Problem”