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Oil Additive Harming Seabirds

By | February 8, 2013

Scientists have identified the sticky substance that is damaging the feathers of hundreds seabirds washed ashore in England as an additive for lubricant oils.  

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Opinion: Paradoxical Amphibians

By | February 7, 2013

New amphibian species are being discovered at an exciting rate, yet they are also the vertebrates most at risk of extinction.

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Stem Cells: Safe Haven For TB

By | February 5, 2013

Tuberculosis bacteria find shelter from drugs and the body’s defenses in bone marrow stem cells.

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Microbial Metallurgy

By | February 5, 2013

Meet the bacterium that pulls gold ions out of solution and forms tiny nuggets of the precious metal.

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Frogcicle

By | February 1, 2013

Watch as the astounding wood frog uses cellular cryopreservation tricks to freeze, thaw, and live to croak about it.

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Photonic Colored Creatures

By | February 1, 2013

Animals and plants come in a dizzying array of colors. Current research is cracking into the remarkable structures behind nature's artistic display.

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Color from Structure

By | February 1, 2013

Researchers are working to understand how often-colorless biological nanostructures give rise to some of the most spectacular technicolor displays in nature.

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Killer Kittens

By | January 31, 2013

Domestic cats kill billions of birds and mammals every year, making them a top threat to US wildlife.

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Humans Adapt to Icy Life

By | January 30, 2013

A genetic analysis of Siberians finds three genes that have evolved to help the populations weather the frigid winters.

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Modeling All Life?

By | January 28, 2013

A proposal to simulate all of Earth’s ecosystems is exposing a rift between small and big ecology.

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