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Psychedelic Phylogenetics

By | August 9, 2013

Using molecular markers, researchers reconstruct the “magic” mushroom family tree. 

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Fossils Snarl Mammalian Roots

By | August 7, 2013

Two newly discovered Jurassic-era fossils suggest drastically different mammalian origins.

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Male Lineage Not Younger Than Females

By | August 2, 2013

Two genomic studies place the divergence of men from their most recent common ancestor nearer in time to that of women, though the field is far from a consensus.

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Book Excerpt from Cosmic Apprentice

By | August 1, 2013

In Chapter 9, “Life Gave Earth the Blues,” author Dorion Sagan addresses the planet’s exuberant color palette, evoking the contribution of industrious microbes.

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Capsule Reviews: Summer Fiction

By | August 1, 2013

Crescent, An Empty Land of Plenty, Prophet of Bones, and Equilateral

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Contributors

By and | August 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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Finding the Way

By | August 1, 2013

A focus on the movements of species and disciplines through space, time, and minds

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Intelligent Life: The Search Continues

By | August 1, 2013

Humans continue to scan the cosmos for a familiar brand of intelligence while ignoring a deeper form that pulses here at home.

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Speaking of Science

By | August 1, 2013

August 2013's selection of notable quotes

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The Eye of the Finch

By | August 1, 2013

Beaks did it for Darwin. Now, monitoring real-time evolution of bacteria that infects finch eyes reveals repeated, rapid evolution of an emerging avian pathogen in backyards throughout the U.S.

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