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We Owe Our Pumpkins to Pooping Megafauna

The pumpkin’s ancestor was an incredibly bitter, tennis-ball-sized squash—but it was apparently a common snack for mastodons. Christopher Intagliata reports.

October 31, 2019 — Christopher Intagliata

Teeth Tell Black Death Genetic Tale

DNA from the teeth of medieval plague victims indicates the pathogen likely first arrived in eastern Europe before spreading across the continent.

October 6, 2019 — Susanne Bard

The Mathematical Language of Nature

Physics historian Graham Farmelo talks about his latest book, The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets.

September 24, 2019 — Graham Farmelo and Steve Mirsky

Including Indigenous Voices in Genomics

A program at the University of Illinois trains indigenous scientists in genomics—in hopes that future work will be aimed at benefiting those communities. Christine Herman reports. ...

August 21, 2019 — Christine Herman
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