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Live Slow, Die Old

By Ed Yong | May 17, 2012

Ancient bacteria living in deep-sea sediments are alive—but with metabolisms so slow that it’s hard to tell.

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How Prawns Lure Prey

By Sabrina Richards | May 15, 2012

Orange-loving Trinidad guppies are curiously attracted to orange spots on prawn pincers, which may make it easier for the predators to snatch them up.

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Behavior Brief

By Megan Scudellari | May 15, 2012

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Opinion: Missing Methods

By Irwin H. Gelman | May 3, 2012

A lack of methodological detail in the published literature threatens the foundation of scientific discourse.

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Are Humans Still Evolving?

By Sabrina Richards | April 30, 2012

Research on an 18th and 19th century Finnish population suggests that agriculture and monogamy may not have stopped human evolution.

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Pigeon GPS Identified

By Megan Scudellari | April 26, 2012

A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.

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Synthetic Genetic Evolution

By Ruth Williams | April 19, 2012

Scientists show that manmade nucleic acids can replicate and evolve, ushering in a new era in synthetic biology.

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Brain Controls Paralyzed Muscles

By Ed Yong | April 18, 2012

A new system decodes brain signals from the motor cortex of monkeys and translates them into basic arm movements, despite temporary paralysis.

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Monkeys “Read” Writing

By Megan Scudellari | 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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Insect Battles, Big and Small

By Megan Scudellari | 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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