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  1. A humpback whale and her calf

    Episode 68: August 2020

    In this episode, we hear about Huntington’s and heart disease, insights into the academic job market, the effect of noise on whales, and how tiny ear movements can help detect the direction of a sound.
    1. Cancer Biology

    Toxicity: Fishing for protective compounds

    Giuliano Ciarimboli
    A new zebrafish study identifies compounds that shield ears and kidneys against an anticancer drug.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    Neighboring communities of bonobos hunt different prey species

    Social Learning: Does culture shape hunting behavior in bonobos?

    Andrew Whiten
    New evidence that neighboring communities of bonobos hunt different prey species, despite extensive overlaps in where they live and hunt, is difficult to explain without invoking cultural factors.
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    1. Plant Biology

    Pollen Tube Guidance: Growing straight through walls

    Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Sharon A Kessler
    The pollen tube in a flowering plant grows in a direction that is influenced by the mechanical properties of the stigma papillae and the organization of structures called cortical microtubules inside these cells.
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    1. Neuroscience
    Illustration of a hand and jigsaw puzzle

    Living Science: Theoretical musings

    Eve Marder
    The best theory papers help experimentalists to identify which of their results might be general and to plan a path through the maze of all possible future experiments.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Ammonium Transporters: A molecular dual carriageway

    William J Allen, Ian Collinson
    In order to enter a cell, an ammonium ion must first dissociate to form an ammonia molecule and a hydrogen ion (a proton), which then pass through the cell membrane separately and recombine inside.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Brain: Decoding the infrastructure of the cerebellum

    Willem S van Hoogstraten, Chris I De Zeeuw
    High-end technical approaches help to untangle the substructure and projection patterns of the cerebellum.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Science Forum: Imaging methods are vastly underreported in biomedical research

    Guillermo Marqués et al.
    The poor reporting of imaging methods in the scientific literature is hindering the evaluation and replication of biomedical research.
  2. Research Culture: Changing how we evaluate research is difficult, but not impossible

    Anna Hatch, Stephen Curry
    The DORA initiative offers practical guidance on improving the assessment of research by universities, research institutions, and funders.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Pest Control: Hiding in plain smell

    Youngsung Joo, Meredith C Schuman
    A common rice pest can avoid its natural parasite by settling on plants that smell like they have been damaged by a species of caterpillar.
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