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Beetle Mania

By Edyta Zielinska | August 25, 2011

Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences was crawling with bugs, and The Scientist went down to join in the fun.

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Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes

By Tia Ghose | August 24, 2011

Mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which fail to transmit the dengue virus, spread through the population when released in the wild.

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EPA to Address Nitrogen Pollution

By Cristina Luiggi | August 23, 2011

The federal agency should reduce harmful nitrogen emissions by 25 percent in the next two decades, a new report says.

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Fair Trade at Plant Roots

By Kerry Grens | August 11, 2011

Plant and fungal symbionts swap more resources with partners that provide a greater return of nutrients.

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Arsenic-Based Life, Open to Critique

By Edyta Zielinska | August 10, 2011

A researcher is repeating the controversial experiments that suggested a bacterium used arsenic rather than phosphorus in its DNA—with the world watching.

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From the Ground Up

By Richard D. Bardgett | August 1, 2011

As the planet warms plant growth will likely increase—locking up some of that extra carbon dioxide by converting it into vegetative biomass—but that’s not the whole story. 

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Harmful Bacterial Metabolites

By Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 

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Seirian Sumner: Wasp Whisperer

By Cristina Luiggi | August 1, 2011

Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, London. Age: 37

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The Root of the Problem

By Richard D. Bardgett | August 1, 2011

New research suggests that the flow of carbon through plants to underground ecosystems may be crucial to how the environment responds to climate change.

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees

By Mary Beth Aberlin | August 1, 2011

Getting the big picture means asking lots of little questions.

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