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Marauding Moths

By | October 1, 2011

Dried plant specimens reveal the origin of an insect pest that has spread throughout Europe.

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Biodiversity

By | October 1, 2011

Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.

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Beetles Stay True to Their Colors

By | September 30, 2011

Fifteen to 47-million-year-old fossil beetles have retained their structural colors almost intact.

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Fish Affected by Trace Oil Pollution

By | September 28, 2011

Even highly diluted crude oil can impact fish in the marshes bordering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Environmental Visionary Dies

By | September 26, 2011

Wangari Maathai, a human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, started a movement to plant more than 30 million trees and generate nearly 1 million jobs.

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Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty

By | September 26, 2011

Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.

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Five Life-Science MacArthur Winners

By | September 22, 2011

This year’s winners research topics ranging from stem cell regulation to brain damage from football injuries.

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Behavior Brief

By | September 21, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Mammoth Blood in the ER?

By | September 19, 2011

A 35,000-year old woolly mammoth blood protein may aid in contemporary medical procedures.

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Ancient Croc Found

By | September 16, 2011

Researchers discover a new fossil of an ancient 20-foot-long crocodile in the same coal mine where the world’s largest snake was found.

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