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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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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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Cities Affect Global Weather Currents

By | January 28, 2013

The heat emanating from large metropolitan areas may be changing weather patterns thousands of miles away.

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Dogs Adapted to Agriculture

By | January 23, 2013

As wolves became domesticated, their genes adapted to a starch-rich diet of human leftovers.

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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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Fly Guts Reveal Animal Inventory

By | January 7, 2013

Stomachs of flesh-eating flies carry the DNA of animals in remote rainforests.

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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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