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Tiny Animals May Drive Motion in the Ocean

By | October 2, 2014

The collective swimming of brine shrimp markedly impacts water currents, a study shows.

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Contributors

By | October 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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Obama Protects Huge Swath of Pacific Ocean

By | September 26, 2014

The president exercises his authority to expand an existing marine reserve, making it the largest in the world.

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Incorporating Soil Microbes in Climate Change Models

By | September 23, 2014

Without a solid understanding of how the soil microbiome contributes to atmospheric carbon, researchers are struggling to determine whether dirt-dwelling bacteria could impact—and be impacted by—climate change.

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Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms

By | September 11, 2014

Farms support less phylogenetically diverse bird populations than forests, but some farms are better than others.

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Bye Bye, Birdies?

By | September 9, 2014

A report from the National Audubon Society suggests that more than half of US bird species are under threat of displacement or extinction in the face of climate change.

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Six-Legged Syringes

By | September 1, 2014

Researchers whose work requires that they draw blood from wild animals are finding unlikely collaborators in biting insects.

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The Iceman Cometh

By | September 1, 2014

Meet Ötzi, the Copper Age ice man who is helping scientists reconstruct changes in the population genetics of the red deer he hunted.

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This Bug Sucks

By | September 1, 2014

An assassin bug, which some researchers are using as living syringes to sample blood from birds and mammals, feeds on a bat.

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Splitting Hairs

By | September 1, 2014

Fragments of mitochondrial DNA from deer hair found on the clothing of an ice-entombed mummy offer a glimpse into Copper Age ecology.

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