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Medical Equipment May Spread Superbug

By | February 20, 2015

Drug-resistant bacteria have spread in a Los Angeles hospital, perhaps from contaminated endoscopes.

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Canine Facial Recognition

By | February 13, 2015

Dogs can distinguish between angry and happy human faces, a study finds.

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Subway Microbiome

By | February 9, 2015

Researchers document the bacterial life living among New York City’s transit stations.


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Aping Language

By | February 6, 2015

Chimpanzees can learn “words” for objects, a study suggests.


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Roach Conformity

By | February 4, 2015

Individual cockroaches can be shy or bold, but they alter their behavior to fit in with a group, a study shows.

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Taking Turns

By | February 3, 2015

Using GPS trackers, researchers demonstrate an energy-saving flight strategy for migratory birds.


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Stubbornly Persistent

By | February 1, 2015

Microorganisms continually challenge our assumptions of what life can achieve.

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The Energy of Life

By | February 1, 2015

Extremophiles should not be viewed through an anthropocentric lens; what’s extreme for us may be a perfectly comfortable environment for a microbe.


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UV Light Doesn’t Fully Purify

By | January 28, 2015

Using ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water may simply drive bacteria to dormancy, rather than kill them.


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GMO “Kill Switches”

By | January 21, 2015

Scientists design bacteria reliant upon synthetic amino acids to contain genetically modified organisms.


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