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Dogs Improve Beach Sanitation

By Edyta Zielinska | September 4, 2012

Canines that chase away seagulls have been helping to reduce the amount of bird droppings, which can carry disease and lead to beach closures.


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Down and Dirty

By Amy Coombs | September 1, 2012

Diverse plant communities create a disease-fighting "soil genotype."


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Good Vibrations

By Cristina Luiggi | September 1, 2012

Researchers are learning how species from across the animal kingdom use seismic signals to mate, hunt, solve territorial disputes, and much more.

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From Plants and Fungi to Clouds

By Cristina Luiggi | August 31, 2012

Salt compounds produced by plant and fungus species help form organic aerosols that form clouds and produce rain.


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Stalking Sharks

By Jef Akst | August 30, 2012

Researchers monitor the movement of the Pacific’s largest predators and share the information with the world in real time.


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Mothers-In-Law and Menopause

By Hayley Dunning | August 23, 2012

Competition for resources between mothers- and daughters-in-law having children at the same time could have been a driver for the emergence of menopause.


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Zoo Virus Swap

By Cristina Luiggi | August 17, 2012

A polar bear in a German zoo dies after contracting a virus normally found in zebras.


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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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