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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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Image of the Day: Goodbye Colo

By The Scientist Staff | January 18, 2017

Colo, the oldest zoo gorilla and the first born in captivity, died on January 17 at age 60.

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A cell phone–based microscope can identify mutations in tumor tissue and image products of DNA sequencing reactions.

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How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 13, 2017

Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.

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First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.

By Kerry Grens | January 11, 2017

The federal government concludes the rusty patched bumblebee is nearing extinction.

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Image of the Day: Saltwater Survivors

By The Scientist Staff | January 9, 2017

When road deicing salt enters freshwater ecosystems, prey species such as Daphnia pulex can rapidly evolve tolerance to the contaminant, buffering their local food webs from the impacts of salination.

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Infographic: Advancing Forensic Science

By Bob Grant | January 1, 2017

Forensic scientists have been using rudimentary molecular techniques for decades. But advanced forensic anthropology technologies and methods are just now coming to the fore in some investigations.

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The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.

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Historical Hunts

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2017

See images from a century of fur trapping and hunting in the Amazon basin.

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Researchers use a century of trade records to uncover differences in the resilience of terrestrial and aquatic species.

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