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Opinion: Confronting Creationism

By Ann Reid and Glenn Branch | February 7, 2014

Five reasons why scientists should stay out of debates over evolution.

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Microbial Smog

By Jef Akst | February 3, 2014

Some 1,300 species of microbes, including some associated with allergies and lung disease, are adrift in Beijing’s thick smog.

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An Offensive Playbook

By Mary Beth Aberlin | February 1, 2014

Developing nonaddictive drugs to combat pain

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Book Excerpt from Buddhist Biology

By David P. Barash | February 1, 2014

In Chapter 1, “A Science Sutra,” author David Barash describes how the ancient philosophy might form the perfect link between science and religion.

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Self-Improvement Through the Ages

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2014

A 50,000-generation-long experiment shows that bacteria keep getting fitter.

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Tenacious Termites

By Tracy Vence | February 1, 2014

Formosan subterranean termites evade deadly pathogens by building nests lined with their own feces.

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The Necrobiome

By Chris Palmer | February 1, 2014

Next-generation sequencing of the bacterial assemblages that inhabit a corpse throughout decomposition improve time-of-death estimates.

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Bacteria by Design

By Jef Akst | January 30, 2014

A survey of bacteria in a University of Oregon building reveals that architecture influences the indoor microbiome.

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New River Dolphin

By Abby Olena | January 27, 2014

DNA sequencing study reveals a new river dolphin species in South America.

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Drosophila’s New Genes

By Jef Akst | January 23, 2014

An analysis of the transcriptomes of several fruit fly strains reveals dozens of possible de novo genes in each.

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