history, evolution, ecology
Why Have Twins?
Jef Akst | Aug 11, 2011
Mothers more likely to have twins have heavier, healthier non-twin babies, possibly explaining why twinning evolved.
Rewriting E. coli’s Genetic Code
Sabine Louët | Aug 5, 2011
Researchers use directed evolution to create a bacterial strain that substitutes a synthetic base for thymine.
Baruj Benacerraf Dies
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 3, 2011
The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.
Anti-evolution Vandals?
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 1, 2011
Pro-evolution bumper stickers and emblems are being removed from the cars of biologists in Florida.
The Root of the Problem
Richard D. Bardgett | Aug 1, 2011
New research suggests that the flow of carbon through plants to underground ecosystems may be crucial to how the environment responds to climate change.
From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up
Richard D. Bardgett | Aug 1, 2011
As the planet warms plant growth will likely increase—locking up some of that extra carbon dioxide by converting it into vegetative biomass—but that’s not the whole story. 
Book Excerpt from Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters
Benjamin Ginsberg | Aug 1, 2011
In Chapter 6, "Research and Teaching at the All-Administrative University," author Benjamin Ginsberg describes the perils of pursuing scholarship and teaching in the industrial environment of today's American institutions of higher learning.
Seirian Sumner: Wasp Whisperer
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 1, 2011
Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, London. Age: 37
Faculty Fallout
Benjamin Ginsberg | Aug 1, 2011
Administrators have taken over US universities, and they’re steering institutions of higher learning away from the goal of serving as beacons of knowledge.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2011
Getting the big picture means asking lots of little questions.