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Meet the Protein That Plugs a Sperm Into an Egg During Fertilization

The successful union of egg and sperm in fertilization depends on a sperm cell’s ability to get through an egg’s thick protective coating and latch itself to its membrane. A study published in the journal Andrology yesterday gives us our first look at the protein responsible for the tie-down. » 8/27/15 5:40pm Today 5:40pm

Without This Protein, Part Of The Brain's Sex System Would Die

Sometimes, bad luck leads to insights. A study published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has added a new twist to our understanding of the way the system that controls puberty in mammals develops inside the brain – thanks to two brothers who both inherited the same rare disorder.
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How do you make eggs out of plants? (And why?)

As food science and our understanding plant proteins expands by leafs and stems, some food-thinking entrepreneurs are looking for ways to make our agricultural products safer, more environmentally sustainable, more humane, and yes, cheaper. Recently, I paid a visit to food science startup Hampton Creek Foods to learn… » 4/07/13 7:00am 4/07/13 7:00am

Meet the Milli-Motein, a tiny, reconfigurable robot that could "become almost anything"

MIT's media lab compares it to a "real-life Transformer" — a highly adaptable, infinitely scalable machine that can assume almost any shape imaginable. It's called the Milli-Motein. Think of it as programmable matter, the latest development in the growing digital fabrication revolution. » 12/03/12 11:00am 12/03/12 11:00am