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Old Ocean Mold

By Beth Marie Mole | December 12, 2012

Fungi in 100 million year-old seafloor sediments could possess novel antibiotics.

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Marlboro Chicks

By Beth Marie Mole | December 5, 2012

Two species of songbirds pack their nests with scavenged cigarette butts that repel irksome parasites.

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Contributors

By Beth Marie Mole | December 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the December 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Coughing Seashells

By Edyta Zielinska | November 28, 2012

A type of scallop expels water and waste through a sort of cough that could reveal clues about water quality.

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Beetles Warm BC Forests

By Sabrina Richards | November 27, 2012

Using satellite data, researchers calculate that mountain pine beetle infestations raise summertime temperatures in British Columbia’s pine forests by 1 degree Celsius.

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Old New Species

By Edyta Zielinska | November 20, 2012

Decades can pass between the discovery of a new animal or plant and its official debut in the scientific literature.

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No Sex Required

By Edyta Zielinska | November 19, 2012

An all-female species, distantly related to flatworms, steals all of genetic material it needs to diversify its genome.

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Book Excerpt from The Science of Consequences

By Susan M. Schneider | November 1, 2012

In Chapter 2, "Consequences and Evolution: The Cause That Works Backwards," author Susan M. Schneider places evolutionary theory in terms of the science of consequences.

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Little Fish in a Big Pond

By Ellen K. Pikitch | November 1, 2012

Continued overfishing of forage fish such as sardines and herring can result in devastating ecological and economic outcomes.

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Microbial Awakening

By Hayley Dunning | November 1, 2012

Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.

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