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August 11, 2016


Microscopic image of hydras

A New Mouth for Every Meal

Humans ingest food through their mouth, but some microorganisms work very differently.

July 11, 2016


Electron microscope image of the bacteria (bordetella pertussis) responsible for pertussis (whooping cough).

Recounting Our Bacteria: Fewer than We Thought

Some sources have claimed that 90% of our cells are non‑human. But is that truly accurate? Cal Tech believes that estimate might be way off.

December 24, 2015


old person in background, young person in foreground

A Switch for Aging

Scientists discover the switch that turns on the aging process.

December 4, 2015



Mistletoe’s Missing Genes

Mistletoe lacks genes found in all other plants and animals.

August 25, 2015


snowflakes through prism of light

Rainbow Snow

We dream of powdery white snow, but snow actually comes in multi-colored varieties.

July 17, 2015


old turtle

Death-defying Turtles   

Turtles have discovered the fountain of youth: telomerase.

April 16, 2015


thawing ice sheet

Frozen Fish

When frozen in water, fish remain in a state of suspended animation until spring melts the ice away.

April 10, 2015


rock climbing wall

How Cells Get Around

Tracking how cells move around the body is key to preventing diseases, like cancer, from spreading.

April 3, 2015


X-ray of chest and shoulder

Broken Bones

Osteoclasts are the demolition crew of your body's bones, repairing and fusing fractures and breaks immediately.

February 3, 2015


purple pipe organ sponges

Sponges: Stranger than Science Fiction

Sponges are expert shape shifters that let the world (and food) come to them.

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