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Book Excerpt from The Dawn of the Deed

By | January 1, 2013

In the final chapter of his book on the origins of vertebrate sex, author and paleontologist John Long pays homage to the humble placoderm, which got the erotic ball rolling.

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Sex and the Primordial Ooze

By | January 1, 2013

The rise of copulation as a vertebrate reproductive strategy may have driven crucial evolutionary change and explosive species radiation.

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Steal My Sunshine

By | January 1, 2013

How photosynthetic organisms get taken up, passed around, and discarded throughout the eukaryotic domain

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Evolution by Splicing

By | December 20, 2012

Comparing gene transcripts from different species reveals surprising splicing diversity.

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Science and Politics in 2012

By | December 19, 2012

This year, US politics was dominated by the run-up to October elections, with science policy issues playing a role here and elsewhere around the world.

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Opinion: Is America Ready to Listen?

By , , and | December 12, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, climate scientists should make their consensus about climate change known to all who care to listen.

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Conserved Chromatin?

By | December 10, 2012

Archaea packages DNA around histones in a similar way to eukaryotes, suggesting that fitting a large genome into a small space was not the original role of chromatin.

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NYU Still Recovering from Sandy

By | December 7, 2012

NYU’s Langone Medical Center continues to struggle from the lasting impact of the 15-foot storm surge that accompanied the recent hurricane.

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Arctic’s Menacing Melt

By | December 7, 2012

A new assessment reveals that the Arctic’s environment is rapidly deteriorating, threatening species and global weather patterns.

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Opinion: Evolving CO2-Hungry Crops

By , and | December 4, 2012

Breeding plants that can convert more carbon dioxide to food could help feed a growing population.

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