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By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 7, 2014

Darwin’s finches use pesticide-treated cotton to line their nests and unwittingly protect themselves against parasitic fly larvae.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | May 1, 2014

Madness and Memory, Promoting the Planck Club, The Carnivore Way, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

By Sarah C.P. Williams | May 1, 2014

Tools for tracking quorum-sensing signals in bacterial colonies

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The Telltale Tail

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 1, 2014

A symbiotic relationship between squid and bacteria provides an alternative explanation for bacterial sheathed flagella.

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A Wilder Europe

By Daniel Cossins | May 1, 2014

An organization hopes to restore natural ecological processes by reintroducing large herbivores to the continent.

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Where the Wild Things Were

By Daniel Cossins | May 1, 2014

Conservationists are reintroducing large animals to areas they once roamed, providing ecologists with the chance to assess whether such “rewilding” efforts can restore lost ecosystems.

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Something Is Killing Asian Carp

By Kerry Grens | April 29, 2014

Half a million invasive silver carp are dead in a Kentucky river, and nobody knows why.

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Microbe’s Diversity Is Vast, Ancient

By Kerry Grens | April 24, 2014

A marine cyanobacterium possesses astounding genomic diversity, yet still organizes into distinct subpopulations that have likely persisted for ages.

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Money Microbiome

By Jef Akst | April 24, 2014

Swabbing cash circulating in New York City reveals more than 3,000 different types of bacteria.

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Microbiome Influences

By Jef Akst | April 22, 2014

Researchers find that gender, education level, and breastfeeding can affect humans’ commensal microbial communities.

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