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It’s Elementary

By | January 10, 2013

Maria Konnikova says the field of psychology has something to learn from great works of fiction.


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Predator-Savvy Shark Embryos

By | January 10, 2013

Bamboo sharks still developing in their egg cases respond to a predator presence by ceasing movement and even breathing.


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The Reason for Wrinkled Fingers

By | January 10, 2013

Wrinkled skin on our fingers after long soaks in water may have made human ancestors more dexterous with aquatic tasks.


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The Sodium Cycle

By | January 8, 2013

Researchers uncover weekly and monthly rhythms of sodium retention and excretion in participants of space simulations.


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Lab Safety in the Spotlight

By | January 4, 2013

An international survey suggests that labs may not be safe as researchers think.

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Evolutionary Biologist Dies

By | January 2, 2013

Carl Woese, the discoverer of the third domain of life, has passed away at age 84.


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Book Excerpt from The Dawn of the Deed

By | January 1, 2013

In the final chapter of his book on the origins of vertebrate sex, author and paleontologist John Long pays homage to the humble placoderm, which got the erotic ball rolling.


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Capsule Reviews

By | January 1, 2013

Life's Ratchet, The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix, The Fractalist and Hallucinations

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Sex and the Primordial Ooze

By | January 1, 2013

The rise of copulation as a vertebrate reproductive strategy may have driven crucial evolutionary change and explosive species radiation.


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Steal My Sunshine

By | January 1, 2013

How photosynthetic organisms get taken up, passed around, and discarded throughout the eukaryotic domain



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