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The Tricked-Out Research Planes That Fly Through Wildfires

The only way to know exactly what’s in a wildfire’s smoke is to sample straight from the haze. So during the Rim Fire in Yosemite—which emitted so much smoke it formed its own clouds—a NASA DC-8 passenger plane and an Alpha fighter jet each crisscrossed through the plume. On both ...

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Biology’s Roiling Debate Over Publishing Research Early

Five years ago, Daniel MacArthur set out to build a massive library of human gene sequences—one of the biggest ever. The 60,706 raw sequences, collected from colleagues all over the globe, took up a petabyte of memory. It was the kind of flashy, blockbuster project that would secure MacArthur a ...

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Research unlocks molecular key to animal evolution and disease

The dawn of the Animal Kingdom began with a collagen scaffold that enabled the organization of cells into tissues. This key innovation, which made possible the rich diversity of life on earth, is found in the most ancient of currently living animals — the ctenophore, Vanderbilt University Medical Center scientists ...

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