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More Mutations in Fukushima Butterflies

By Edyta Zielinska | August 15, 2012

Researchers have found an increase in butterflies with unusual wing shapes, legs, and antennae than before the nuclear disaster.

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Gene Variation within a Tree

By Edyta Zielinska | August 13, 2012

The root system of a tree species is genetically different than the leaves of that individual, potentially modifying scientists’ understanding of evolution.

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Drinking Better Bacteria

By Edyta Zielinska | August 9, 2012

Researchers analyzing the bacteria in municipal drinking water find simple measures can increase beneficial bacteria while reducing pathogenic strains.

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School Teachers Release Invasives

By Edyta Zielinska | August 9, 2012

As many as 1,000 different non-native organisms used in the classroom are being released into the wild by school teachers.

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How Green Are Your Fish?

By Edyta Zielinska | August 1, 2012

Farmed salmon may have more in common with their more expensive wild-caught counterparts than consumers are led to believe.

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Contributors

August 1, 2012

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

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Life (Re)Cycle

By Bernd Heinrich | August 1, 2012

Death breeds life in the world’s most diverse and abundant group of animals.

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A Scientist Emerges

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2012

At age 16, Alexandra Sourakov has her first scientific publication, on the foraging behavior of butterflies.

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Microbial Perfume

By Edyta Zielinska | July 23, 2012

Rather than rely on plant-derived products, biotech companies are engineering bacteria and yeast to produce ingredients for fragrances.

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Small-Brained Fish Make More Babies

By Edyta Zielinska | July 12, 2012

Guppies with experimentally shrunken brains produced more offspring than guppies bred for larger noggins, confirming a long suspected tradeoff of bigger brains.

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