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Monkeys “Read” Writing

By | April 12, 2012

Baboons are able to distinguish printed English words from nonsense sequences of letters—the first step in the reading process.

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Anti-science in Tennessee Classrooms

By | April 12, 2012

A new law opens the door to teaching creationism and climate change denialism in the state's public schools.

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Insect Battles, Big and Small

By | April 10, 2012

Social insect soldiers not only protect the colony from insect invasions; some also secrete strong antifungal compounds to kill microscopic enemies.

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Malaria Drug Resistance Spreading

By | April 9, 2012

A genomic analysis reveals a crucial detail in drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite that are on the move in Southeast Asia.

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Cretaceous Easter Eggs

By | April 9, 2012

Researchers discover a 70-million-year-old egg that belonged to a small, bird-like meat-eating dinosaur.

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The Science of Van Gogh

By | April 5, 2012

The Dutch artist's sunflower paintings have attracted the attention of doctors and geneticists.

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Bird Flu Mutations Revealed

By | April 5, 2012

One of the researchers who created a highly transmissible form of the bird flu virus has broken his silence and shared which mutations made it possible.

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Capsule Reviews

By | April 1, 2012

Consciousness, The Social Conquest of Earth, How Not to Be Eaten, and Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms

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Contributors

April 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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The World in a Cabinet, 1600s

By | April 1, 2012

A 17th century Danish doctor arranges a museum of natural history oddities in his own home.

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