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Stories by Rose Eveleth

Liken Yourself to a Lichen: Designate a Species with Your Name or Your Pooch's

If you discovered a new species, what would you name it? Some scientists go the descriptive route: Bambiraptor is a little raptor. Others try to make a joke – Aha ha is a species of Australian wasp named in 1977 by the entomologist Arhold Menke as a joke (Menke also used the name for his vanity license plate)...

December 14, 2011 — Rose Eveleth

Artist Paints Lichens on NYC Buildings

New York, New York. A metropolis of gleaming skyscrapers, majestic brownstones and concrete as far as the eye can see. But on the northern border of Greenwich Village , a strange, little biological experiment is taking place...

November 29, 2011 — Rose Eveleth

Vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Remains Safe

By now, you're probably aware of the hype over a vaccine associated with these three letters: HPV. Designed to prevent people from acquiring human papillomavirus, some strains of which can lead to cervical, vulval, anal and vaginal cancer in women not to mention cancers of the anus and penis in men, the HPV vaccine has been thrust into the spotlight again during the recent debates among the GOP presidential candidates.The controversy centers on Texas Gov...

September 14, 2011 — Rose Eveleth
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