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Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms

By | September 11, 2014

Farms support less phylogenetically diverse bird populations than forests, but some farms are better than others.

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Genome Digest

By | September 10, 2014

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Jewish Heritage Written in DNA

By | September 9, 2014

Fully sequenced genomes of more than 100 Ashkenazi people clarify the group’s history and provide a reference for researchers and physicians trying to pinpoint disease-associated genes.

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Behavior Brief

By | September 5, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Humongous Herbivorous Dinosaur

By | September 4, 2014

A near-complete titanosaur fossil provides new details of the dinosaurs’ lives. 

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Losing Languages

By | September 4, 2014

Biological criteria and evolutionary models help predict threats to spoken language, according to two studies.

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A Long Line of LINEs

By | September 1, 2014

Different mechanisms repress mobile DNA elements in human embryonic stem cells depending on the elements’ evolutionary ages.

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Aristotelian Biology

By | September 1, 2014

The ancient Greek philosopher was the first scientist.

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Head Scratchers

By | September 1, 2014

Many natural phenomena elude our understanding.

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Illustrating Alchemy, 18th Century

By | September 1, 2014

As the science of chemistry developed, public perceptions of alchemists shifted from respect to ridicule.

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