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Spider Sculpts Fake Spider

By | December 19, 2012

A putative new species of spider found in the Peruvian Amazon uses forest debris to weave sculptures that resemble a giant spider into its web.

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Soil Bacteria May “Eat” Antibiotics

By | December 10, 2012

Long-term exposure to antibiotics from agricultural run off may encourage the evolution of soil bacteria that break down and consume the antibacterial agents.

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Conserved Chromatin?

By | December 10, 2012

Archaea packages DNA around histones in a similar way to eukaryotes, suggesting that fitting a large genome into a small space was not the original role of chromatin.

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Marlboro Chicks

By | December 5, 2012

Two species of songbirds pack their nests with scavenged cigarette butts that repel irksome parasites.

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Speaking of Science

By | December 1, 2012

December 2012's selection of notable quotes

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The Plastic Genome

By | December 1, 2012

The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.

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Opinion: Learning from Transcriptomes

By | November 28, 2012

In the largest microbial eukaryote genetic sequencing effort ever attempted, researchers are investigating the transcriptomes of 700 marine algae species.

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Coughing Seashells

By | November 28, 2012

A type of scallop expels water and waste through a sort of cough that could reveal clues about water quality.

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Microbial Life Beneath the Ice

By | November 27, 2012

Researchers uncover a diverse microbial community living beneath 27 meters of ice in Antarctica’s Lake Vida.

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Embattled Ape Researcher Reinstated

By | November 26, 2012

A controversial primate researcher is back at work after being cleared of endangering bonobos under her care, but critics are demanding an external enquiry.

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