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Biological Cracking the Armor
Crocodile Head Scales Are Not Developmental Units But Emerge from Physical Cracking.  Milinkovitch et al.   
annotated by Desiree Stanley
One of a crocodile’s most...

annotations posted 06/02/2014
original paper published 06/27/2014

Biological Can DNA Enhance Your Look?
Fine Tuning of Craniofacial Morphology by Distant-Acting Enhancers.  Attanasio et al.   
annotated by Katherine Woronowicz
We’re all familiar with the adage that no two faces are alike. But, how is...

annotations posted 05/15/2014
original paper published 05/30/2014

Physical Quake, Rattle, and Roll
Enhanced Remote Earthquake Triggering at Fluid-Injection Sites in the Midwestern United States.  van der Elst et al.
annotated by Nicholas van der Elst
One predictable feature of earthquakes is that they are completely unpredictable.  Or are they...

annotations posted 04/11/2014
original paper published 04/25/2014

Physical Do Clouds Need Passports?
Dust and Biological Aerosols from the Sahara and Asia Influence Precipitation in the Western U.S.  Creamean et al. 
annotated by Stacey Brydges, Robert ‎Pomeroy, Matthew J Ruppel, and Kim Prather 
Have you ever stopped to look at the clouds moving across the sky? How did they get there? And, where do they go after they...

annotations posted 03/06/2014
original paper published 03/28/2014

Biological How Dynamic Is Your Virus?
Population Dynamics of Immune Responses to Persistent Viruses.  Nowak and Bangham
annotated by Fanny Bernardon
When exposed to the same virus, why do some people become sick while others remain healthy?  The virus is the same, suggesting that there must be a difference in the immune response of different hosts.  What factors...

annotations posted 02/04/2014
original paper published 02/28/2014

Biological Lemmings: They’re What’s for Dinner
Cyclic Dynamics in a Simple Vertebrate Predator-Prey Community.  Gilg et al.
annotated by Fanny Bernardon
Scientific studies often involve more than one discipline. In this case of lemming population dynamics, scientists use both ecology-related methodology to collect data in Greenland, and mathematical equations to...

annotations posted 12/05/2013
original paper published 01/31/2014

Physical The Art of DNA
DNA Origami with Complex Curvatures in Three-Dimensional Space. Han et al. 
annotated by John A. Means
Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, transforms a 2D piece of paper into a 3D masterpiece.  While there...

annotations posted 12/04/2013
original paper published 12/20/2013

Biological What the Pelvis Can Teach Us About Evolution
Adaptive Evolution of Pelvic Reduction in Sticklebacks by Recurrent Deletion of a Pitx1 Enhancer.  Chan et al
annotated by Gillian R. Siegal
Talk of evolution research most often conjures up images Darwin's finches.  The Stickleback fish, an animal model that can exhibit evolutionary changes in as few as ten...

annotations posted 07/24/2013
original paper published 10/18/2013

Physical Experiments Einstein Could Only Dream Of
Measurement of the Instantaneous Velocity of a Brownian Particle. Li et al.  
annotated by Melissa McCartney
Sometimes, scientists have to wait for technology to catch up.  While working on Brownian motion, Albert Einstein proposed ideas that he did not yet have the tools to examine, prompting him to conclude that the...

annotations posted 07/10/2013
original paper published 10/18/2013

 Science Translational Medicine: 3 August 2011Biological A New Diagnostic Strategy for Prostate Cancer
Urine TMPRSS2:ERG Fusion Transcript Stratifies Prostate Cancer Risk in Men with Elevated Serum PSA.  Tomlins et al
annotated by Johanna Sandlund
During their lifetime, 18% of all American men will get prostate cancer, a slow-growing cancer which rarely causes symptoms.  Since both surgery and radiotherapy commonly...

annotations posted 07/10/2013
original paper published 10/18/2013