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In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.

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Simultaneity

By | June 4, 2011

Two research teams studying a rare genetic disorder discover independently that it's caused by genes that are crucial to DNA replication.

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The Gravity of Life

By | June 1, 2011

Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?

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Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater

By | May 26, 2011

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.

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2010's best new species

By | May 26, 2011

This Monday (May 23), which happens to be the birthday of famed naturalist and species namer extraordinaire Carolus Linnaeus, researchers at Arizona State University listed their picks of the top 10 newly-described species of 2010. 

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Your gut online

By | May 26, 2011

Sequences from a US government-funded program to paint a genomic picture of the human gut's complex ecosystem are going public for the first time since the effort started in 2008. Researchers sequenced thousands of samples taken from 300 healthy v

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Lessons from the marine census

By | May 19, 2011

Now that the ten-year effort to take stock of the diversity of life in the oceans came to a triumphant end late last year, researchers involved in the Census for Marine Life are reflecting on the project's shortcomings.

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Early freshwater life

By | May 19, 2011

Tiny fossil tracks embedded in a California rock formation that was once part of an ancient river may be evidence that freshwater ecosystems arose around 100 million years earlier than what is generally believed.

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Lasers of a feather light better

By | May 14, 2011

Researchers have developed a new kind of laser that mimics some of the world's most beautiful birds, copying the nanoscale structure of their brightly colored feathers to capture light.

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Billion dollar babies of the human genome

By | May 14, 2011

The Human Genome Project has generated nearly $800 billion in economic output and hundreds of thousands of jobs in genomics and related industries.

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