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Wasp Zombifies Ladybugs Using Virus as Bio-Weapon—a First

Weird & Wild<p>A parasitic wasp deploys a virus to enact a sinister mind-control strategy.<p>A tiny parasitic wasp injects a virus into ladybugs that turns them into zombie bodyguards for its young, a new study says.<p>The discovery of <i>Dinocampus coccinellae</i>'s secret biological weapon, and its bizarre effect …

Microbiology

DNA Reveals How Darwin's Finches Evolved

A study finds that a gene that helps form human faces also shapes the beaks of the famously varied Galápagos finches.<p>Wide, slender, pointed, blunt: The many flavors of beak sported by the finches that flit about the remote Galápagos Islands were an important clue to Darwin that species might change …

Evolution

What you need to know about 3D-printed organs

Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren't just fun. They're developing 3D printers that can also save and change lives by printing out functional human …

Multi-tasking nanoparticle both seeks and destroys cancerous cells

Nanoparticles hold great potential as a way of both detecting cancer cells and delivering the drugs to treat them. One hurdle that has proven …

Imaging

The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?

How will the future change the human brain? This week's <i>Big Future</i> takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the …