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Poisonous Shrooms Battle Cancer

By | April 4, 2012

A deadly mushroom toxin shrinks pancreatic tumors in mice.

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Ants Share Pathogens for Immunity

By | April 3, 2012

A new study shows that grooming by ants promotes colony-wide resistance to fungal infections by transferring small amounts of pathogen to nestmates.

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In the introduction to the book, author Marc J. Kuchner tells the story of how one scientist used tricks of the marketing trade to save the Endangered Species Act from the political axe.

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Whirlpool Bistros

By | April 1, 2012

Fish adapt to feed for months along the entire depth of massive oceanic whirlpools that are rich in nutrients and plankton.

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Pesticide Problems for Bees

By | March 30, 2012

Bees exposed to neonicotinoids, a widely-used class of pesticide, navigate poorly and produce fewer queens, suggesting a role for neonicotinoids in colony collapse.

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More Maternal Effort Means More Robust Offspring

By | March 28, 2012

House wrens forced to invest extra resources in their offspring produced bigger sons and daughters with stronger immune systems.

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Behavior Brief

By | March 21, 2012

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Can War Injuries Spawn Massacres?

By | March 21, 2012

Recent research on the neurological effects of combat might play a role in the defense trial of a US Army soldier who is accused killed 16 Afghan civilians.

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BeetleCam, Take Two

By | March 15, 2012

The BeetleCam is back! And this time, it’s lion proof. 

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Lions Up Close

By | March 15, 2012

An armored, remote controlled contraption fitted with a camera snaps dangerously close pictures of lions in Masai Mara.

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