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Deciding to Ditch Latin

By | September 3, 2014

A report details how the International Botanical Congress agreed in favor of electronic-only publication and naming new species using English.

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Metagenomics Mash-Up

By | August 1, 2014

A tour of the newest software and strategies for analyzing microbial and viral communities

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New ID for Dingoes

By | April 2, 2014

Once thought to be feral dogs, dingoes are actually a separate taxon from their domesticated relatives.

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Viruses Reconsidered

By | March 1, 2014

The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.  

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Genomenclature?

By | February 24, 2014

Researchers propose a naming system based on genomic information for all Earth’s life.

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Fantastical Fish, circa 1719

By | January 1, 2014

A collection of colorful drawings compiled by publisher Louis Renard sheds light on eighteenth-century science.

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Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus

By | November 6, 2013

Comparing the proteins of a 300-year-old pickled elephant fetus with modern sequence data challenges Carl Linnaeus’s decision to assign it as the Asian elephant type specimen.

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Psychedelic Phylogenetics

By | August 9, 2013

Using molecular markers, researchers reconstruct the “magic” mushroom family tree. 

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The Turtle That Never Was

By | July 1, 2013

A species of freshwater turtle deemed to be extinct may never have existed in the first place.

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New Genus of Bat

By | April 11, 2013

In South Sudan, researchers discover another specimen that they’ve classified into an entirely new genus of the flying mammal.

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