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Drosophila’s New Genes

By Jef Akst | January 23, 2014

An analysis of the transcriptomes of several fruit fly strains reveals dozens of possible de novo genes in each.

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The Shared Perfumes of Queens

By Ed Yong | January 16, 2014

Ant, bee, and wasp queens emit a similar class of pheromones that sterilize their workers, hinting at a shared ancestry for these chemicals.

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Review: Auditory Hallucinations, Composed

By Ajai Raj | January 16, 2014

A pair of one-act chamber operas takes the audience inside the world of imagined sound. 

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Clocks Versus Rocks

By Ed Yong | January 14, 2014

A new analysis suggests that placental mammals originated while dinosaurs were dominant, contradicting a recent high-profile study.

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Human-Pathogen Coevolution

By Jef Akst | January 13, 2014

Helicobacter pylori strains that share ancestry with their human hosts are less likely to cause severe disease.

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A Ribbeting Tale

By Jef Akst | January 1, 2014

A famous frog-hopping contest yields data that challenge previous lab estimates of how far a bullfrog can jump.

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Book Excerpt from The Monkey’s Voyage

By Alan de Queiroz | January 1, 2014

In Chapter 7, “The Green Web,” author Alan de Queiroz describes the evolutionary journey taken by a South American species of sundew plant.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | January 1, 2014

Are Dolphins Really Smart?, Newton's Football, Outsider Scientists, and We Are Our Brains

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Drawn to Controversy

By Megan Scudellari | January 1, 2014

By digging through dusty storerooms and reading dead people’s mail, science historian and philosopher Michael Dietrich keeps biologists attuned to the past and mindful of the present.

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Evolution’s Stowaways

By Alan de Queiroz | January 1, 2014

Terrestrial mammals, carnivorous plants, and even burrowing reptiles have spread around the globe by braving the seven seas. These chance ocean crossings are rewriting the story of Earth’s biogeography.

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