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Evolutionarily Distinct Birds Ranked

By | April 11, 2014

Researchers collate a list of the 100 most rare and unique avian species facing extinction.


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Capsule Reviews

By | April 1, 2014

Cancer Virus, A Window on Eternity, Murderous Minds, and The Extreme Life of the Sea


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Python Auto-Pilot

By | March 20, 2014

Invasive snakes in Florida show evidence of a compass sense they use to navigate back to home territory.


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Old-School Fish Guides

By | March 18, 2014

Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds.


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Ancient Moss Reincarnated

By | March 18, 2014

Antarctic moss beds that have been frozen for more than 1,500 years yield plants that can be brought back to life in the lab.

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Crop Coalescence

By | March 5, 2014

While national food supplies have diversified during the last 50 years, the global crop selection has homogenized, new analysis shows.


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Northern Exposure

By | March 1, 2014

Researchers are using snowdrifts to artificially warm Arctic tundra during winter and finding that more carbon is released from the soil than plants can soak up from the atmosphere.


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Viruses Reconsidered

By | March 1, 2014

The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.  


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Biodiversity = More (and Better) Coffee

By | February 11, 2014

Study finds that coffee plants grown in the vicinity of Mount Kilimanjaro produce more coffee beans of a better quality if they are surrounded by thriving plant and animal communities.


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For the Greater Good?

By | January 27, 2014

Pathogenic fungi and insect herbivores appear to support plant biodiversity in the rainforests.

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