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Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.

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A family’s collection of antique microscope slides became a trove of genetic information about the eradicated European malaria pathogen.

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Serious Putty

By Ashley P. Taylor | May 1, 2016

A naturally occurring clay, used in traditional Native American medicine, shows promise as an antibiotic.

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A Weighty Anomaly

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 1, 2015

Why do some obese people actually experience health benefits?

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The Upside

By Amanda B. Keener | September 1, 2015

Researchers explore the benefits of hearing loss and impairment.

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Silence of the Lambs

By Kerry Grens | August 1, 2015

A die-off of newborn lambs in Australia leads to the discovery of a new toxin and clues to a devastating liver disease in children.

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TB over Time

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2015

Eighteenth-century DNA sequences yield insights into the history of tuberculosis infections.

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A Plague on Pachyderms

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2015

At least seven species of herpesvirus commonly infect elephants. At zoos, keepers scramble to save calves, who are particularly vulnerable to the viruses.

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HIV in the Internet Age

By Jef Akst | May 1, 2015

Social networking sites may facilitate the spread of sexually transmitted disease, but these sites also serve as effective education and prevention tools.

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