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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Including microbiome composition in predictions of whether a person is obese can significantly improve their accuracy, according to an analysis.

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Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.

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Image of the Day: Inner Glow

By The Scientist Staff | February 26, 2018

Researchers engineered a system for bioluminescent imaging that is as much as 1,000 times stronger than existing methods.

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The animal pictures and hand stencils were made in caves in Spain thousands of years before Homo sapiens arrived in Europe.

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Image of the Day: Size Matters

By The Scientist Staff | February 23, 2018

The male proboscis monkey’s large nose probably evolved in response to female preference and competition between males.

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Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight

By Ashley Yeager | February 23, 2018

Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.

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In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.

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Image of the Day: Cuttlefish Camouflage

By The Scientist Staff | February 16, 2018

The cephalopod’s unique ability to disguise itself relies on a single motor nerve exclusively dedicated to skin tension and papillary control.

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A closer moon and ideal coastal conditions for tide pool formation may have started the evolutionary transition of tetrapods.

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