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Backyard Bird Count Goes Global

By | February 22, 2013

Amateur birders record an astounding number of species and individuals in the first ever worldwide avian stock taking.

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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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Some Mosquitoes Ignore DEET

By | February 21, 2013

The olfactory receptor neurons of some mosquitoes become less sensitive to the insect repellent after previous exposure.

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Language Gene More Active in Girls

By | February 21, 2013

One gene involved in speech produces more of its protein in the brains of young girls than boys.

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Penis Size Matters for Golden Moles

By | February 21, 2013

Female golden moles are more likely to choose a mate with a longer reproductive organ.

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Lucrative Prize for Life Scientists

By | February 21, 2013

Three Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are offering $3 million to scientists demonstrating excellence in biology and medical research.

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Diverse Leaves May Protect Eucalyptus

By | February 20, 2013

A tree in Australia was found to have genetically dissimilar leaves that varied in attractiveness to herbivores.

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Unlimited Submissions for NIH Grants?

By | February 20, 2013

The National Institutes of Health is weighing a peer-review system where grant proposals, even ones being resubmitted, would be treated as new.

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Ancient Organic Molecules Found

By | February 20, 2013

Sea creatures buried alive roughly 340 million years ago have yielded the longest-preserved organic molecules ever discovered in a complete fossil.

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$32K to Swim in Polluted River

By | February 19, 2013

A Chinese businessman offers a government official a large monetary reward to take a dip in a river that runs through the town of Ruian.

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