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This Bug Sucks

By Yao-Hua Law | September 1, 2014

An assassin bug, which some researchers are using as living syringes to sample blood from birds and mammals, feeds on a bat.


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Splitting Hairs

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 1, 2014

Fragments of mitochondrial DNA from deer hair found on the clothing of an ice-entombed mummy offer a glimpse into Copper Age ecology.


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Beyond the Blueprint

By Mark A. Genung, Jennifer A. Schweitzer, and Joseph K. Bailey | September 1, 2014

In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.


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On the Other Hand

By Bob Grant | September 1, 2014

Handedness, a conspicuous but enigmatic human trait, may be shared by other animals. What does it mean for evolution and brain function?


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Walking Fish Model Evolution

By Bob Grant | August 28, 2014

Raising a semi-terrestrial species on land highlights the role of developmental plasticity in the evolutionary transition from water to land.


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Chimps Empath-eyes?

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 25, 2014

Chimpanzees may reinforce social bonds by involuntarily mimicking a fellow chimp’s pupil size.


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Subglacial Ecosystem

By Jef Akst | August 22, 2014

Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.


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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By Ruth Williams | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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Obscured Like an Octopus

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 21, 2014

Cephalopod skin inspires engineers to design sheets of adaptive camouflage sensors. 


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Crayfish Blood Cells Make New Neurons

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 13, 2014

Hemocytes can form neurons in adult crayfish, a study shows.


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