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Marauding Moths

By | October 1, 2011

Dried plant specimens reveal the origin of an insect pest that has spread throughout Europe.

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Research and Development Funding, By the Numbers

By | October 1, 2011

Government and industry are the biggest funders of research, basic and otherwise. Here is how science funding in the US and European Union has shaped up in the past two and a half decades. 

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Biodiversity

By | October 1, 2011

Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.

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Animal Electricity, circa 1781

By | September 28, 2011

How an Italian scientist doing Frankenstein-like experiments on dead frogs discovered that the body is powered by electrical impulses.

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Fish Affected by Trace Oil Pollution

By | September 28, 2011

Even highly diluted crude oil can impact fish in the marshes bordering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Environmental Visionary Dies

By | September 26, 2011

Wangari Maathai, a human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, started a movement to plant more than 30 million trees and generate nearly 1 million jobs.

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Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty

By | September 26, 2011

Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.

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Behavior Brief

By | September 21, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Why the Thai HIV Vax Trial Worked

By | September 19, 2011

New molecular analyses yield clues to the success of a 2009 human HIV vaccine study.

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Contagion: Science Fact?

By | September 16, 2011

Soderbergh’s new pandemic thriller gets a lot of the science right, but does contain a few unlikely details.

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