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The massive rock that smashed into Earth 66 million years ago killed off many dinosaur species, but the animals were in steady decline for millennia before the cataclysm, researchers report.

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Tracking Zika’s Evolution

By | April 15, 2016

Sequence analysis of 41 viral strains reveals more than a half-century of change. 

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Lightning-Fast Spider Bites

By | April 8, 2016

Trap-jaw spiders have the fastest, most powerful bite of any arachnid, scientists show. 

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New Fish Virus Discovered

By | April 7, 2016

Researchers identify a virus that may already have caused mass tilapia die-offs in Ecuador and Israel in recent years.

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Accomplished Biophysicist Dies

By | April 5, 2016

Harold Morowitz, who dedicated his career to investigating the origins of life, has passed away at age 88.

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Capsule Reviews

By | April 1, 2016

Lab Girl, The Most Perfect Thing, Half-Earth, and Cosmosapiens

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Zika Up Close

By | March 31, 2016

A detailed structure of the pathogen highlights its similarities to—and one major difference from—other flaviviruses. 

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Fecal Transplants Transmit Viruses, Too

By | March 29, 2016

Fecal matter transplants may transfer nonpathogenic viruses along with beneficial bacteria, scientists show.

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Zika Brought to Americas in 2013

By | March 24, 2016

A new analysis places the virus’s arrival around one year earlier than previously estimated.

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Minimal Genome Created

By | March 24, 2016

Scientists build a living cellular organism with a genome smaller than any known in nature.

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