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Warm-Blooded Dinos?

By Jef Akst | June 24, 2011

Evidence that large dinosaurs had body temperatures similar to modern-day mammals suggests they were either endothermic or extremely good at conserving body heat.

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Escape Predators, Get Parasites

By Jef Akst | June 24, 2011

A particular predator defense used by water fleas makes them more susceptible to parasite infections, new research shows.

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Mail

By The Scientist Staff | June 23, 2011

A selection of comments from our readers.

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New fungal hiding places

By Cristina Luiggi | June 23, 2011

Whether it’s in the arctic or a commonplace kitchen appliance, deadly fungal species wait for the right opportunity to strike.

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Behavior brief

By Jef Akst | June 23, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research.

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The cost of flocking

By Megan Scudellari | June 22, 2011

Flying in a flock comes at a considerable energetic cost for pigeons, raising the question of why they do it.

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Bigger spores = badder infection

By Jef Akst | June 17, 2011

Larger spores of a deadly fungal pathogen cause more virulent infections in mice.

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Plant scientists, innovators

By Jef Akst | June 16, 2011

Fifteen plant biologists are selected to take part in a new initiative in fundamental plant science research.

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Gould's bias

By Megan Scudellari | June 16, 2011

A new study finds that Stephen J. Gould's criticisms of another scientist's data was misplaced, and the eminent biologist and historian succumbed to data bias himself.

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Fish fear from above

By Cristina Luiggi | June 15, 2011

Coral reefs are fraught with danger for herbivores such as damselfish and tangs. Venturing out from the safety of the reef’s colorful cracks and crevices to feed means risking being devoured by predators that patrol the warm waters. 

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