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Ancient Sex

By | October 19, 2014

Fossils of an extinct, armored fish challenge current understanding of when copulation and internal fertilization evolved in jawed vertebrates.

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New Genes = New Archaea?

By | October 15, 2014

Genes acquired from bacteria contributed to the origins of archaeal lineages, a large-scale phylogenetic analysis suggests.

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US Nurse Contracts Ebola

By | October 14, 2014

Despite wearing protective gear, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who helped treat the first US Ebola patient has tested positive for the virus.

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Spain and U.S. Deal with Ebola

By | October 8, 2014

The first case of Ebola contracted outside of West Africa has the Spanish government scrambling to contain the deadly virus. In the U.S., the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the country has died.

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Urban Hub Aided Early HIV Spread

By | October 6, 2014

The AIDS pandemic probably began in the central African city of Kinshasa in the 1920s, a study shows.

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MERS-CoV Hits Austria

By | October 2, 2014

The WHO reports the first case of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Austria while more cases are confirmed in Saudi Arabia.

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Modified Yeast Tolerate Alcohol, Heat

By | October 2, 2014

Simple changes help yeast thrive in the presence of their own harmful byproducts and could boost biofuel production.

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Chimp Culture Caught on Camera

By | October 1, 2014

Researchers have captured footage of wild chimpanzees teaching each other to use tools, lending support to the idea that humans aren’t the only primates to engage in social learning.

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Book Excerpt from Unnatural Selection

By | October 1, 2014

In chapter 5, “Resurgence: Bedbugs Bite Back,” author Emily Monosson chronicles the rise of the pesky pests in the face of humanity’s best chemical efforts.

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Predator Demoted

By | October 1, 2014

Extinct, giant arthropods, long assumed to be top predators of ancient seas, didn’t have sharp enough eyesight to be refined hunters.

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