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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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Mongolian Dinosaurs and the Poaching Problem

By | September 8, 2017

High-profile cases of poached fossils shine a light on the black market for paleontological specimens—and how scientists and governments are trying to stop it.

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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands

By and | August 31, 2017

Conservationists and the insurance industry team up to model the economic benefits of marshes during hurricanes.

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Neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells fill in for lost dopamine neurons in a primate model of the disease.

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Robotic Patch Clamping Gains Eyes

By | August 30, 2017

Two groups of scientists combined automation with two-photon microscopy to target and record specific neurons in living animals. 

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Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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Primate Brains Made to See Old Objects as New Again

By | August 17, 2017

Optogenetic stimulation of the perirhinal cortex can cause macaques to process never-before seen-objects as familiar and known objects as brand new.

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What the Sun Does to Photoreceptors

By | August 16, 2017

Optometrist and eclipse-chaser Ralph Chou describes how even a partially eclipsed sun can damage the eye.

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From Mass Death, Life

By | August 15, 2017

When thousands of animals die during mass migrations, ecosystems accommodate the corpses and new cycles are set in motion.

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