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This Bug Sucks

By Yao-Hua Law | September 1, 2014

An assassin bug, which some researchers are using as living syringes to sample blood from birds and mammals, feeds on a bat.


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Splitting Hairs

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 1, 2014

Fragments of mitochondrial DNA from deer hair found on the clothing of an ice-entombed mummy offer a glimpse into Copper Age ecology.


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Beyond the Blueprint

By Mark A. Genung, Jennifer A. Schweitzer, and Joseph K. Bailey | September 1, 2014

In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.


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Subglacial Ecosystem

By Jef Akst | August 22, 2014

Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.


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Meal Plans

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | August 1, 2014

Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.

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Super Sniffers?

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 24, 2014

African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 

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Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project

By Bob Grant | July 23, 2014

A former graduate student says he feels slighted by a failure to attribute his contributions to a line of research regarding the salinity tolerances of an invasive species.


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Insecticides Harm Birds Indirectly

By Tracy Vence | July 10, 2014

The effects of neonicotinoid use on insect populations appear to be rippling through the food chain, scientists show.

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Lichen Legion

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | July 2, 2014

Genetic analysis splits one species into 126.


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Emperor Penguins on Thin Ice

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | June 30, 2014

A new model suggests emperor penguin populations could decline by 19 percent by 2100.


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