science

Watch: A cellular biologist animates the life cycle of HIV in this hypnotic video by Karen Frances Eng

While the musical soundtrack is wholly a product of the imagination, everything else in this spellbinding animation of the HIV virus — created by Janet Iwasa — was based on the findings of researchers.

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In East African cassava fields, a new genomics tool is saving crops and lives by Karen Frances Eng

The latest in the fight against whitefly-borne virus that threatens a world staple food: new portable DNA sequencing technology that lets farmers in East Africa identify the disease, and helps scientists develop a solution.

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Learning to live as human beings in harmony with the wild by Karen Frances Eng

In one of Africa’s most remote regions, people long cut off from the modern world are slowly making contact and looking to make better lives—inadvertently creating a cascade of environmental and social plights. National Geographic explorer and conservationist Steve Boyes has an idea for protecting these people, as well as their natural heritage.

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Meet the genius scientist transforming the world on a shoestring by Karen Frances Eng

Bioengineering professor Manu Prakash brought the world a 50-cent microscope. Now he’s created more cheap public health tools, including a paper centrifuge and a mosquito identifier. And he’s just getting started.

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The starships of the future won’t look anything like Star Trek’s Enterprise by Karen Frances Eng

Ever fantasize what it might be like to live life hurtling through deep space? Meet the space systems researcher who prototypes interstellar habitats that are out of this world.

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