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A cell phone–based microscope can identify mutations in tumor tissue and image products of DNA sequencing reactions.

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Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech

By Diana Kwon | January 13, 2017

The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  

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Next Generation: Biocompatible Microdevices

By Abby Olena | January 6, 2017

A new fabrication strategy enables scientists to manufacture fully biocompatible, implantable medical devices. 

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Adaptation, Island Style

By The Scientist Staff | January 3, 2017

Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.

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The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.

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How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia

By Ben Andrew Henry | January 1, 2017

The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.

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The public may still believe that male-specific traits, such as high testosterone levels, lead to many of the gender inequalities that exist in society, but science tells a different story.

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Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication

By Ben Andrew Henry | December 29, 2016

Audio recordings of bats hashing out disputes reveals that their calls are laden with information about identity and intent.

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Standard taxonomy lumps together bird species that should be separate, a new study suggests, raising the total number of estimated species from 9,000 to 18,000.

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A Tale of Two Tails

By Joshua A. Krisch | December 7, 2016

An analysis of ancient fish fossils suggests that mammalian and fish tails are fundamentally different structures, each with unique evolutionary histories.

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