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IMMUNOLOGY
 

Immune Cell Assassins Reveal Their Nurturing Side

By MONIQUE BROUILLETTE

Don't be misled by the bloodthirsty names of immune cells. Mounting research shows that the cells also fine-tune tissues and help the body heal.

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Glial Brain Cells, Long in Neurons' Shadow, Reveal Hidden Powers

By ELENA RENKEN 

The glial cells of the nervous system have been eclipsed in importance by neurons for decades. But glia are turning out to be central to many neurological functions.

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DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY(2018)

 

Salamander's Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth

By ELIZABETH PRESTON 

With a fully sequenced genome in hand, scientists hope they are finally poised to learn how axolotls regenerate lost body parts. 

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Color-Changing Material Unites the Math and Physics of Knots

By DEVIN POWELL

Mathematicians have studied knots for centuries, but a new material is showing why some knots are better than others.

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CHEMISTRY(2018)
 

Scientists Learn the Ropes on Tying Molecular Knots

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

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New Clues About 'Ambigram' Viruses With Strange Reversible Genes

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

For decades, scientists have been intrigued by tiny viruses whose genetic material can be read both forward and backward. New research begins to explain this puzzling property.

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VIRUSES(2019)
 

Viruses Can Scatter Their Genes Among Cells and Reassemble

By VIVIANE CALLIER

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THE JOY OF X
 

Robbert Dijkgraaf on Exploring Quantum Reality

Podcast hosted by STEVEN STROGATZ

In this week's episode, Robbert Dijkgraaf, a mathematical physicist and the director of the Institute for Advanced Study, describes what art school taught him about how to do science. Then he and host Steven Strogatz discuss the frontiers of string theory and why space and time might not be the most fundamental things in the universe.

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QUANTIZED COLUMNS(2018)

 

There Are No Laws of Physics. There's Only the Landscape.

By ROBBERT DIJKGRAAF

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QUANTA SCIENCE PODCASTS
 

Cryptography That Is Provably Secure

Podcast produced by SUSAN VALOT; story by KEVIN HARTNETT

Researchers have released cryptographic code with the same level of invincibility as a mathematical proof.

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