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Faces for Fighting?

By Jef Akst | June 10, 2014

Scientists propose that hominin facial bones evolved for protection against the powerful blows of combat.

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Combating Asian Carp

By Jef Akst | June 5, 2014

A new plan to protect the Great Lakes from the invasive species is set in motion.

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Animal Tracker

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 3, 2014

A program developed by animal behavior researchers automatically tracks individuals in a group, like fish in a school or ants in a colony.

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Book Excerpt from The Drunken Monkey

By Robert Dudley | June 1, 2014

In Chapter 3, "On the Inebriation of Elephants," author Robert Dudley considers whether tales of tipsy pachyderms and bombed baboons have any basis in scientific truth.

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Drunks and Monkeys

By Robert Dudley | June 1, 2014

Understanding our primate ancestors’ relationship with alcohol can inform its use by modern humans.  

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Wild Relatives

By Colin K. Khoury, Hannes Dempewolf, and Nora P. Castañeda-Álvarez | June 1, 2014

As rich sources of genetic diversity, the progenitors and kin of today’s food crops hold great promise for improving production in agriculture’s challenging future.

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For Some Male Crickets, Silence Means Survival

By Sandhya Sekar | May 29, 2014

Two island populations of male crickets independently evolved to evade parasites by keeping quiet, and have come up with a way to sneak matings with females that still seek the male courtship song.

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Top 10 New Species

By Jef Akst | May 23, 2014

The International Institute for Species Exploration announces its picks of novel species discovered in the past year, including a carnivorous mammal, a tiny shrimp, and a fungus.

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Running Wild

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 22, 2014

Mice in nature appear to enjoy running on wheels, helping to settle the question whether the behavior is a just a neurotic response in lab mice.

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Back from the Blacklist?

By Jef Akst | May 8, 2014

Disgraced psychology researcher Marc Hauser, who was found guilty of data fabrication and falsification during his time at Harvard, publishes two new papers.

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