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Brains Before Brawn

By | March 16, 2016

A newly described horse-size relative of Tyrannosaurus rex may help settle the question of how massive carnivorous dinosaurs took shape throughout the eons.


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Less Chewing, More Doing

By | March 11, 2016

Food processing in early hominid populations might have played a key role in human evolution by increasing net energy uptake, researchers show.


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Week in Review: February 22–26

By | February 26, 2016

Questions about how E. coli evolves; spermatids in a dish; fighting bacteria with virus-like molecule; what drives metastasis; antibodies fight Ebola in monkeys


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Lizard Secretes Heat

By | January 25, 2016

Researchers confirm the unprecedented endothermic abilities of a South American reptile.

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How Multicellularity Arose

By | January 11, 2016

Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms. 


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Ancient Irish

By | December 30, 2015

The genomes of a 5,200-year-old woman and three 4,000-year-old men yield clues about the founding of Celtic populations.


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CIRM Ups Translational Velocity

By | December 21, 2015

California’s stem cell agency unveiled a 5-year plan that includes starting 50 new clinical trials.


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Diagnostics Group Refutes FDA’s Concerns

By | December 17, 2015

The Association for Molecular Pathology finds fault in the agency’s report on safety issues associated with certain lab tests.


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Dog Origins Disputed

By | December 17, 2015

A genomic study suggests that dogs diverged from wolves in Southeast Asia 33,000 years ago, contrary to reports placing their origins elsewhere on the continent.


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NIH Set for Big Budget Bump

By | December 17, 2015

The US National Institutes of Health would receive a $2 billion increase if the 2016 spending bill makes it through Congress unchanged.


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