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Escape Predators, Get Parasites

By Jef Akst | June 24, 2011

A particular predator defense used by water fleas makes them more susceptible to parasite infections, new research shows.

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Mail

By The Scientist Staff | June 23, 2011

A selection of comments from our readers.

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Behavior brief

By Jef Akst | June 23, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research.

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Bigger spores = badder infection

By Jef Akst | June 17, 2011

Larger spores of a deadly fungal pathogen cause more virulent infections in mice.

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Gould's bias

By Megan Scudellari | June 16, 2011

A new study finds that Stephen J. Gould's criticisms of another scientist's data was misplaced, and the eminent biologist and historian succumbed to data bias himself.

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Our own 60 mutations

By Jef Akst | June 15, 2011

New estimates of human mutation suggest that each of us harbor approximately 60 novel genetic mutations.

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Fighting to exist

By Jef Akst | June 14, 2011

The more closely related two species are, the more they're apt to drive one another to extinction.

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One Hip Dino

By Jef Akst | June 13, 2011

University College London researcher Mike Taylor recounts the discovery of a new dinosaur with unusually powerful thigh muscles. Read the full story.

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How skunks got their stripes

By Megan Scudellari | June 7, 2011

The evolution of bold warning coloration in mammals.

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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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