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Drawn to Controversy

By Megan Scudellari | January 1, 2014

By digging through dusty storerooms and reading dead people’s mail, science historian and philosopher Michael Dietrich keeps biologists attuned to the past and mindful of the present.

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Evolution’s Stowaways

By Alan de Queiroz | January 1, 2014

Terrestrial mammals, carnivorous plants, and even burrowing reptiles have spread around the globe by braving the seven seas. These chance ocean crossings are rewriting the story of Earth’s biogeography.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2014

January 2014's selection of notable quotes

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Contributors

By Abby Olena and Tracy Vence | January 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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New Species Abound

By Jef Akst | December 26, 2013

A look at 2013’s noteworthy new species

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Top Genomes of 2013

By Abby Olena | December 26, 2013

What researchers learned as they dug through the most highly cited genomes published this year

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On The Origin of Flowers

By Ed Yong | December 19, 2013

The genome of Amborella trichopoda—the sister species of all flowering plants—provides clues about this group’s rise to power.

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The Mating Habits of Early Hominins

By Ruth Williams | December 18, 2013

A newly sequenced Neanderthal genome provides insight into the sex lives of human ancestors.

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Herding Cats

By Abby Olena | December 17, 2013

Examination of bones found in a Chinese village suggests that domesticated felines lived side-by-side with humans 5,300 years ago.

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How Bacteria Evade the Immune System

By Laasya Samhita | December 12, 2013

Escherichia coli can quickly evolve to resist engulfment by macrophages, scientists have found.

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