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Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 29, 2016

Audio recordings of bats hashing out disputes reveals that their calls are laden with information about identity and intent.


Standard taxonomy lumps together bird species that should be separate, a new study suggests, raising the total number of estimated species from 9,000 to 18,000.

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A Tale of Two Tails

By Joshua A. Krisch | December 7, 2016

An analysis of ancient fish fossils suggests that mammalian and fish tails are fundamentally different structures, each with unique evolutionary histories.

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Trumping Science: Part II

By Bob Grant | December 6, 2016

As Inauguration Day nears, scientists and science advocates are voicing their unease with the Trump Administration’s potential effects on research.


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Famed Mammalian Embryologist Dies

By Jef Akst | December 2, 2016

Andrzej Tarkowski’s research laid the groundwork for future advances in cloning, stem cell research, and in vitro fertilization.


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.


Spruce and pine and have relied on similar genetic toolkits for climate adaptation despite millions of years of evolution.


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How to Track Cell Lineages As They Develop

By Kelly Rae Chi | December 1, 2016

Sequencing and gene-editing advances make tracing a cells journey throughout development easier than ever.


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


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2016 Top 10 Innovations: Honorable Mentions

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2016

These runners up to the Top 10 Innovations of 2016 caught our judges' attention.


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