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In Chapter 8, "Pirates at the Picnic," author Marlene Zuk considers the wisdom of describing the behavior of ants in human terms

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Chemist Charged After Researcher’s Death

By | January 3, 2012

A laboratory head faces criminal charges after one of his researchers died in a lab fire in 2008.

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Top Ten Innovations 2011

By | January 1, 2012

Our list of the best and brightest products that 2011 had to offer the life scientist

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Capsule Reviews

By | January 1, 2012

Our Dying Planet, Here Be Dragons, Rat Island, Harnessed

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Roanoke Revisited

By | January 1, 2012

In July 1587, a British colonist named John White accompanied 117 people to settle a small island sheltered within the barrier islands of what would become North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 

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Contributors

January 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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2011's Best and Brightest

By | January 1, 2012

In its brief, 4-year history, The Scientist’s annual Top 10 Innovations contest has become a showcase of the coolest life science tools to emerge in the previous year. 

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Anthropomorphism: A Peculiar Institution

By | January 1, 2012

Should we rethink the parallel drawn between “slave-making” ants and human slavery, and other such oversimplifications of animal behavior?

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Lost Colony DNA

By | January 1, 2012

Genotyping could answer a centuries-old mystery about a vanished group of British settlers.

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Speaking of Science

By | January 1, 2012

January 2012's selection of notable quotes

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