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Examining the tragedies of several families who each lost multiple children, two teams of researchers reveal a previously unappreciated role for a mitochondrial enzyme.

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The Badger-Cow TB Connection

By Bob Grant | August 5, 2016

Researchers in the U.K. report that badgers may be passing tuberculosis to farm animals not through direct contact, as was previously suspected, but through exposure to urine and feces.

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Researchers reveal how seals affect vegetation patterns and influence the movement of feral horse populations on Sable Island in Canada.

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Wolf Species Are Part Coyote

By Alison F. Takemura | July 28, 2016

Genomic analysis reveals wolves and coyotes have hybridized, potentially complicating wolves' protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

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Classic Example of Symbiosis Revised

By Kerry Grens | July 25, 2016

The partnering of an alga and a fungus to make lichen may be only two-thirds of the equation.

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Man and Bird Chat While Honey Hunting

By Bob Grant | July 25, 2016

A study suggests that humans and avians in sub-Saharan Africa communicate to find and mutually benefit from the sweet booty.

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More than half of the world’s land may have passed the threshold that threatens long-term sustainable development, researchers report.

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Hot Off the Presses

By Bob Grant | July 1, 2016

The Scientist reviews Serendipity, Complexity, The Human Superorgasism, and Love and Ruin

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Peter Tyack: Marine Mammal Communications

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 1, 2016

The University of St. Andrews behavioral ecologist studies the social structures and behaviors of whales and dolphins, recording and analyzing their acoustic communications.

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Submerged Pigs Inform Forensics

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2016

Watching the decomposition of pig carcasses anchored to the seafloor is helping forensic researchers understand what to expect of human remains dumped in the ocean.

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