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Pick your frog poison

By Jessica P. Johnson | May 31, 2011

Human development may destroy natural habitats, but it could also provide amphibians with a safe haven from deadly fungal infections.


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Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.


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Your gut online

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Sequences from a US government-funded program to paint a genomic picture of the human gut's complex ecosystem are going public for the first time since the effort started in 2008. Researchers sequenced thousands of samples taken from 300 healthy v


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Lasers of a feather light better

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

Researchers have developed a new kind of laser that mimics some of the world's most beautiful birds, copying the nanoscale structure of their brightly colored feathers to capture light.


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Billion dollar babies of the human genome

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

The Human Genome Project has generated nearly $800 billion in economic output and hundreds of thousands of jobs in genomics and related industries.


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Micro Farmers

By Cristina Luiggi | May 1, 2011

Columbia University evolutionary ecologist Dustin Rubenstein explains just why it's so interesting and important to find slime molds that engage in a form of agriculture.


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Truly Phenome-nal

By Hannah Waters | April 1, 2011

Editor's choice in microbiology


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Harvesting Ideas

By Karen Hopkin | April 1, 2011

Joy Ward is reaping the rewards of her studies on how plants handle global climate change—gathering academic accolades and presidential embraces along the way.


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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | April 1, 2011

The Great Sperm Whale, Noble Cows & Hybrid Zebras, Radioactive, Science-Mart


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Kelly Benoit-Bird: Sounding the Deep

By Carrie Arnold | April 1, 2011

Associate professor, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. Age: 34


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