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Beyond Cat Killing

By Bob Grant | August 1, 2014

Capsule reviewed author Ian Leslie sets up his latest book, Curious, about the human propensity to wonder and learn.


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Connecting the Dots

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 1, 2014

Extending her initial studies of social wasps, Mary Jane West-Eberhard has spent her career probing the evolutionary relationship between social behavior and developmental flexibility.


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Meal Plans

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | August 1, 2014

Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.

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Seeds of Hopelessness

By Kerry Grens | August 1, 2014

Can seed banks adequately prepare for the future if wild plant populations are already lagging behind in adapting to rapid climate change?


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Prepped for the Long Sleep

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 30, 2014

Hibernation-related proteins are common even in non-hibernating animals, a study shows.


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Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 28, 2014

A feather-covered herbivorous dinosaur offers a surprising perspective on plumage. 


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Super Sniffers?

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 24, 2014

African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 

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Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project

By Bob Grant | July 23, 2014

A former graduate student says he feels slighted by a failure to attribute his contributions to a line of research regarding the salinity tolerances of an invasive species.


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Hitting a Climate “Seal”-ing

By Kate Yandell | July 23, 2014

Due to the effects of climate change, female fur seals that successfully breed do so later in life and are more likely to have increased variability within their genomes.


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Gut Microbes Detoxify Rat Diets

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 23, 2014

Foregut microbes in Mojave Desert rats help the animals metabolize creosote toxins.


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