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Predator Demoted

By | October 1, 2014

Extinct, giant arthropods, long assumed to be top predators of ancient seas, didn’t have sharp enough eyesight to be refined hunters.

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Sleep Tight

By | October 1, 2014

Bed bugs are but one example of a species whose populations have evolved in response to human behavior.

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Speaking of Vision Science

By | October 1, 2014

October 2014's selection of notable quotes

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The Rainbow Connection

By | October 1, 2014

Color vision as we know it resulted from one fortuitous genetic event after another.

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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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Cave-dwelling Fish Fail to Keep Time

By | September 25, 2014

Tetra fish adapted to extreme darkness lose circadian metabolic rhythms to conserve energy, according to a study. 

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“King of Noses”

By | September 24, 2014

New hadrosaur uncovered in Utah hints at surprising speciation.  

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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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Squid-Inspired Electric Elastomer

By | September 18, 2014

Polymer changes color and texture in response to remote signals. 

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Did Spinosaurus Swim?

By | September 15, 2014

Most complete skeleton suggests the dinosaurs were semi-aquatic hunters. 

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