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detail of an eye

Focusing on the fovea

First cellular atlas could prove valuable resource in study of blinding diseases

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CT scans of crocodile skulls.

Facing crocodiles head-on

Study examines how evolution modified the long-surviving reptiles’ snouts

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Heavy seas come ashore in Massachusetts.

And now, land may be sinking

Study suggests mid-Atlantic is getting lower, which may exacerbate effects of sea-level rise

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Hal Harvey gives climate talk.

Think different, act more

Environmental policy advocate suggests new paths to combat climate change

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neurone string

More than a courier

Once seen as the nerve cells’ foot soldier, the axon emerges as an independent decision-maker

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Emily Balskus standing in her office

Microbial manufacturing

Study unravels how microbes produce key compound used to fight cancer

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Astronaut Scott Kelly along with his brother, former Astronaut Mark Kelly

Twins in space

Researcher sketches findings of NASA study of how zero gravity affects the body

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Nicole Nelson.

When science is unreliable

Radcliffe scholar Nicole C. Nelson probes key moments in reproducibility crisis

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Desmognathus fuscus. That is one of the lungless salamanders featured in the study

Looking at lunglessness

Study shows lungless salamanders’ skin expresses protein crucial for lung function

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The Arboretum’s collection makes studying the comparative biology of trees near effortless. A weeping katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Mokioka Weeping, pictured) grows just meters away from the typical, upright form, allowing a scientist the easiest of access to contrast them.

A growing role as a living lab

At Arboretum, researchers find ‘all of the species we would ever want to look at, and then some’

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Stepping inside a dead star

Team uses detailed data to create a virtual-reality display of what’s left after explosion

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Teeth may be an important new resource for understanding the lives of our extinct relatives, said Daniel Green, a postdoctoral fellow at the Forsyth Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Dental School of Medicine.

Reading teeth

Study uses rings in teeth to understand the environment Neanderthals faced

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