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Gene Variation within a Tree

By | August 13, 2012

The root system of a tree species is genetically different than the leaves of that individual, potentially modifying scientists’ understanding of evolution.

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Drinking Better Bacteria

By | August 9, 2012

Researchers analyzing the bacteria in municipal drinking water find simple measures can increase beneficial bacteria while reducing pathogenic strains.

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New Human Species Discovered

By | August 9, 2012

Fossils from northern Kenya point to a new human species that lived in Africa nearly 2 million years ago.

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School Teachers Release Invasives

By | August 9, 2012

As many as 1,000 different non-native organisms used in the classroom are being released into the wild by school teachers.

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How Green Are Your Fish?

By | August 1, 2012

Farmed salmon may have more in common with their more expensive wild-caught counterparts than consumers are led to believe.

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Contributors

August 1, 2012

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

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Life (Re)Cycle

By | August 1, 2012

Death breeds life in the world’s most diverse and abundant group of animals.

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Painting the Protein Atomic, 1961

By | August 1, 2012

Irving Geis’s revolutionary painting of sperm whale myoglobin illuminated the nascent field of protein structure.

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A Scientist Emerges

By | August 1, 2012

At age 16, Alexandra Sourakov has her first scientific publication, on the foraging behavior of butterflies.

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The Mechanical Body

By | July 26, 2012

“The body is a fascinating machine,” says Sandra Shefelbine, a biomechanics expert at Imperial College, London, in this 3-minute educational video by the Wellcome Trust illustrating the principles of muscle movement. “And we don’t understand most of

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