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The First Australopithecus, 1925

By | July 1, 2012

The discovery of the 2.5-million-year-old Taung Child skull marked a turning point in the study of human brain evolution.


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Alternative Medicines

By | July 1, 2012

As nonconventional medical treatments become increasingly mainstream, we take a look at the science behind some of the most popular.


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Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne

By | June 21, 2012

The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.


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Discovering Phasmids

By | June 9, 2012

Shortly after a rat infested supply ship ran around in Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia in 1918, the newly introduced mammals wiped out the island's phasmids—stick insects the size of a human hand. 


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Rapid Bird Flu Test

By | June 4, 2012

New PCR assay can detect more than 40 strains of H5N1 in a single go.

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Finding Phasmids

By | June 1, 2012

Researchers rediscover a giant insect, thought to have gone extinct a century ago, and plan to reintroduce it to its native island off the coast of Australia.


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Hacking the Genome

By | June 1, 2012

In pondering genome structure and function, evolutionary geneticist Laurence Hurst has arrived at some unanticipated conclusions about how natural selection has molded our DNA.


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Fukushima Risk Less Than Feared

By | May 24, 2012

Cancers due to radiation will not increase in Japan, according to studies conducted in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster.


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Cancer Test Gets Bad Reviews

By | May 22, 2012

US Preventive Services Task Force recommends against a commonly used prostate cancer screening.


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Revenge of the Weeds

By | May 20, 2012

Plant pests are evolving to outsmart common herbicides, costing farmers crops and money.



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