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Newly Discovered Species

By N/A | October 1, 2011

Life on Earth is mind-bogglingly diverse with estimates of the number of existing species in the tens of millions. Over the last 4 billion years, many species have gone extinct; and because of the actions of humans, many existing species are now endangered.

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Beyond Nature vs. Nurture

By Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer | October 1, 2011

Researchers studying differences in how individuals respond to stress are finding that genes are malleable and environments can be deterministic.

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Conserving Our Shared Heritage

By Thomas E. Lovejoy | October 1, 2011

Reversing catastrophic threats to our planet’s biodiversity is not optional: our lives depend on it.

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Marauding Moths

By Jessica P. Johnson | October 1, 2011

Dried plant specimens reveal the origin of an insect pest that has spread throughout Europe.

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Biodiversity

By Thomas E. Lovejoy | October 1, 2011

Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.

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Beetles Stay True to Their Colors

By Cristina Luiggi | September 30, 2011

Fifteen to 47-million-year-old fossil beetles have retained their structural colors almost intact.

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Fish Affected by Trace Oil Pollution

By Sabrina Richards | September 28, 2011

Even highly diluted crude oil can impact fish in the marshes bordering the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Environmental Visionary Dies

By Rachel Nuwer | September 26, 2011

Wangari Maathai, a human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, started a movement to plant more than 30 million trees and generate nearly 1 million jobs.

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Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty

By Bob Grant | September 26, 2011

Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.

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Five Life-Science MacArthur Winners

By Edyta Zielinska | September 22, 2011

This year’s winners research topics ranging from stem cell regulation to brain damage from football injuries.

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