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Urban Owl-Fitters

By Jef Akst | December 1, 2015

How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities

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Spiders, Prey Leave DNA

By Bob Grant | November 30, 2015

A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.

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Buzzed Honeybees

By Karen Zusi | October 20, 2015

Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.

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One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened

By Karen Zusi | October 6, 2015

A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.

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Butterflies in Peril

By Bob Grant | August 12, 2015

Several recent studies point to serious—and mysterious—declines in butterfly numbers across the globe.

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Mimicry Muses

By Mary Beth Aberlin | August 1, 2015

The animal world is full of clever solutions to bioengineering challenges.

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Why Screams Scare Us

By Jef Akst | July 20, 2015

Analyzing the acoustical qualities of screams and other sounds, researchers pinpoint why people find screams—and emergency vehicle sirens—frightening.

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1 + 1 = 1

By Jenny Rood | July 1, 2015

Nutrient levels in soil don’t add up when food chains combine.

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Intelligence Gathering

By Mary Beth Aberlin | July 1, 2015

Disease eradication in the 21st century

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Ravenous Invasive Worm Now in U.S.

By Bob Grant | June 25, 2015

Researchers have found the New Guinea flatworm, one of the world’s most invasive species, in Florida, putting native ecosystems at serious risk.

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