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Jul. 18, 2014

Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

Pacemaker Researchers Swap Batteries for Biology

With gene therapy, scientists reprogram pig heart cells to improve heartbeat.

Fashioning the Future

A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.

Smarty Pants: Testing the Quality of Textiles

Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.

As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño

A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.

Frozen in Time, a Giant Virus

A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.

App Chat: Plugging In to the Outdoors

Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.

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