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Hard and Harder

By Michael K. Gusmano | June 5, 2011

The path to eradicating malaria in Africa involves much more than just a vaccine.

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In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.

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One-Man NIH, 1887

By Cristina Luiggi | June 4, 2011

As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 

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The rhythm of biology

By Bob Grant | June 3, 2011

An art exhibit in New York City explores the science behind our reaction to sounds and sensations.

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Dominique Bergmann: Probing Plant Pores

By Jef Akst | June 3, 2011

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University. Age: 41

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Capsule Reviews

By Richard P. Grant | June 1, 2011

In The Evolutionary World, Vermeij takes on the skeptics—both those with valid questions and those with irrational ones—and shows how the struggle for existence leads to variety and creativity.

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The Gravity of Life

By Rob Dunn | June 1, 2011

Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?

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Book excerpt from The Philosophical Breakfast Club

By Laura J. Snyder | May 31, 2011

In Chapter 8, “A Divine Programmer,” author Laura J. Snyder explains how Darwin’s own ideas on evolution may have been influenced at lavish parties hosted by one of the club’s members, Charles Babbage.

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Monkey mind control

By Jessica P. Johnson | May 27, 2011

Even while remaining motionless, macaques are able to increase the activity of a particular brain region, improving their concentration and search abilities.

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2010's best new species

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

This Monday (May 23), which happens to be the birthday of famed naturalist and species namer extraordinaire Carolus Linnaeus, researchers at Arizona State University listed their picks of the top 10 newly-described species of 2010. 

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