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Science Speak

By | August 1, 2014

Contests that challenge young scientists to explain their research without jargon are turning science communication into a competitive sport.

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Seeds of Hopelessness

By | August 1, 2014

Can seed banks adequately prepare for the future if wild plant populations are already lagging behind in adapting to rapid climate change?

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Speaking of Science

By | August 1, 2014

August 2014's selection of notable quotes

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Scientific Elevator Pitches

By | August 1, 2014

A number of competitions around the world are challenging young scientists to describe their research in mere minutes.

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Reanimated Chickens and Zombie Dogs

By | August 1, 2014

In praise of weird science at the edge of life

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Mosaic Mutations

By | July 31, 2014

Some genetic abnormalities that appear to have sprung up independently in children are in fact present in a portion of their parents’ cells.

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Prepped for the Long Sleep

By | July 30, 2014

Hibernation-related proteins are common even in non-hibernating animals, a study shows.

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Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers

By | July 28, 2014

A feather-covered herbivorous dinosaur offers a surprising perspective on plumage. 

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Super Sniffers?

By | July 24, 2014

African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 

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Hitting a Climate “Seal”-ing

By | July 23, 2014

Due to the effects of climate change, female fur seals that successfully breed do so later in life and are more likely to have increased variability within their genomes.

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