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Microbial Perfume

By | July 23, 2012

Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.

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Small-Brained Fish Make More Babies

By | July 12, 2012

Guppies with experimentally shrunken brains produced more offspring than guppies bred for larger noggins, confirming a long suspected tradeoff of bigger brains.

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Genetic Shift in Salmon

By | July 12, 2012

A new study finds that an Alaskan population of the fish has quickly evolved in response to warming temperatures.

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Scorpion Venom Kills MRSA

By | July 12, 2012

Peptides extracted from scorpion venom fights off drug-resistant bacterial infections in mice.

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War-born Climate Change

By | July 3, 2012

A nuclear war could have profound effects on crops yields around the world, according to a new study.

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Flower Barcodes

By | June 28, 2012

Wales creates a database of DNA barcodes for all of its native flowering plants, hoping to guide conservation and drug development efforts.

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EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions

By | June 28, 2012

A federal appeals court upholds the Environmental Protection Agency’s right to regulate air pollution under the Clean Air Act.

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The Gigapixel Camera

By | June 22, 2012

A single camera unit can capture a moment in time at a mind-boggling resolution.

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“Extinct” Toad Rediscovered

By | June 21, 2012

A yellow-bellied dwarf toad, last sighted in 1876, is rediscovered in Sri Lanka.

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West Coast Marine Threat

By | June 18, 2012

Rising ocean acidity along the California coast may wreak havoc in the region’s oyster populations.

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