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Toxin Evolution

By | January 16, 2014

Researchers show that scorpion venom toxins are closely related to defensive proteins from venomous insects.

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Really Bad Breath

By | January 3, 2014

Tobacco hornworms release puffs of nicotine that deter some predators.

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Behavior Brief

By | November 17, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Selling an Anthrax Scare?

By | May 21, 2013

A US government advisor warned officials of the dangers of antibiotic-resistant anthrax while profiting from antitoxin sales.

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The Sea Hare’s Chemical Attack

By | March 29, 2013

The slug-like marine animals squirt a substance at lobsters that makes the predators lose their ability to smell.

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Insect Wing Kills Bacteria

By | March 6, 2013

The nanoscale structure of a clanger cicada’s wings destroys threatening microbes on contact.

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Sharks Glow to Frighten Predators

By | February 21, 2013

Bioluminescent arcs on a deep-sea lantern shark’s dorsal side highlight its spines.

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Awarding Science Defense

By | November 9, 2012

A psychiatrist and a science writer win the first John Maddox Prize for promoting science despite opposition.  

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Defense Facility Still Too Risky

By | June 18, 2012

A second risk assessment of a proposed bio-defense laboratory shows major improvement, but still has serious flaws, according to an independent review panel.

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Boozing for Better Health

By | February 16, 2012

Fruit flies consume alcohol to kill off parasites.

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