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Are Humans Still Evolving?
Sabrina Richards | Apr 30, 2012
Research on an 18th and 19th century Finnish population suggests that agriculture and monogamy may not have stopped human evolution.
Polar Bear More Ancient Than Realized
Jef Akst | Apr 20, 2012
A genetic analysis reveals that the polar bear split from the brown bear some 600,000 years ago.
Synthetic Genetic Evolution
Ruth Williams | Apr 19, 2012
Scientists show that manmade nucleic acids can replicate and evolve, ushering in a new era in synthetic biology.
Anti-science in Tennessee Classrooms
Bob Grant | Apr 12, 2012
A new law opens the door to teaching creationism and climate change denialism in the state's public schools.
Insect Battles, Big and Small
Megan Scudellari | Apr 10, 2012
Social insect soldiers not only protect the colony from insect invasions; some also secrete strong antifungal compounds to kill microscopic enemies.
Malaria Drug Resistance Spreading
Bob Grant | Apr 9, 2012
A genomic analysis reveals a crucial detail in drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite that are on the move in Southeast Asia.
Cretaceous Easter Eggs
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 9, 2012
Researchers discover a 70-million-year-old egg that belonged to a small, bird-like meat-eating dinosaur.
The Science of Van Gogh
Hannah Waters | Apr 5, 2012
The Dutch artist's sunflower paintings have attracted the attention of doctors and geneticists.
Bird Flu Mutations Revealed
Bob Grant | Apr 5, 2012
One of the researchers who created a highly transmissible form of the bird flu virus has broken his silence and shared which mutations made it possible.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2012
Consciousness, The Social Conquest of Earth, How Not to Be Eaten, and Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms