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An Unlichenly Pair

By Hannah Waters | August 1, 2011

A young botanist pays tribute to his mentor by naming a newly discovered, rare species in his honor.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | August 1, 2011

First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth

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Learning to Become a Tree Hugger

By Amy Maxmen | August 1, 2011

A guide to free software for constructing and assessing species relationships

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Gene Patents Upheld

By Jef Akst | July 29, 2011

A US federal appeals court says human genes are patentable.

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The First Plant Interactome

By Jessica P. Johnson | July 28, 2011

Protein interaction networks in Arabidopsis give clues to plant evolution and immunity.

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On the Origin of Birds

By Cristina Luiggi | July 27, 2011

The discovery of a new bird-like fossil challenges longstanding theories about which species of dinosaur gave rise to the avian lineage.

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Electric Dolphins?

By Jef Akst | July 27, 2011

Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.

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Latitude Affects Human Eye Size

By Jef Akst | July 27, 2011

People living near the Earth’s poles, where days are often short and light often low, have larger eyes and visual cortices than those closer to the equator.

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Patents Expire for Big Name Drugs

By Jef Akst | July 25, 2011

As seven of the world’s top selling drugs expire over the next year, prescription prices are set to drop while generics fill in.

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Chimp Brains Don’t Shrink with Age

By Tia Ghose | July 25, 2011

Unlike human brains, chimpanzee brains don’t get smaller as they age, suggesting that pronounced neurological decline is a uniquely human byproduct of our oversized brains and extreme longevity.

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