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Maggie Chen

The Spooky Science of How Undead Spores Reanimate

Here’s a spooky conundrum: Is a spore alive or dead?Gürol Süel, a biologist at the University of...

To Understand Brain Disorders, Consider the Astrocyte

This was slow going. “We spent a lot of time, probably the first couple of years, really...

Randall Munroe Is Back to Answer Your Impossible Questions

I was first just reading about how MRIs have got really big magnets in them, and thinking:...

What If Cells Kept Receipts of Their Gene Expression?

They added the chemical that triggered the first gene (corresponding to barcode A) for 24 hours, followed...

The Fall of Roe Makes Complex Pregnancies Even Riskier

Doctors who care for pregnant people often have to make time-sensitive decisions when lives are on the...

This Stamp-Sized Ultrasound Patch Can Image Internal Organs

When a patient goes into a clinic for an ultrasound of their stomach, they lie down on...

These Vaccines Will Take Aim at Covid—and Its Entire SARS Lineage

Even though the researchers only used a RBD from one version of Covid, their vaccine generated a...

What Humans Can Learn From the Sea Cucumber’s Toxic Arsenal

But this chemical defense creates a big problem for sea cucumbers: They need to avoid killing themselves...