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Scientists examine floating traces of DNA left by fish to better understand New York’s aquatic life.

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The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct

By Becca Cudmore | July 17, 2017

Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?

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Locals helped researchers find the extremely rare boa.

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Researchers are beginning to uncover a link between activity level and the microbial makeup of one’s gut.

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Mammalian Jaws Evolved to Chew Sideways

By Catherine Offord | June 1, 2017

Parallel evolution in jaws and teeth helped early mammals diversify their diets.

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The Search for Methods to Monitor Brain Cooling

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2017

Newborns deprived of oxygen have their temperatures lowered to protect against brain damage, but it’s hard to decipher the babies’ immediate response to the intervention.

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Computers That Can Smell

By Kerry Grens | May 1, 2017

Teams of modelers compete to develop algorithms for estimating how people will perceive a particular odor from its molecular characteristics.

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Future Homes May Have Bioreactive Walls

By Benjamin Skuse | May 1, 2017

Researchers are redesigning the humble brick to produce electricity, to clean water and air, and to harvest valuable compounds.

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Uncovering the Secrets of a Successful Pest

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017

The green peach aphid can colonize new host plants with ease through rapid changes in gene expression.

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The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.

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