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What causes albinism?

Albinos around the world face day-to-day health issues, but in Africa they have a bigger problem: being hacked to death for body parts

February 18, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Six Ways to Boost Brainpower

The adult human brain is surprisingly malleable: it can rewire itself and even grow new cells. Here are some habits that can fine-tune your mind

February 18, 2009 — Emily Anthes

A living fossil found in Namibia

Researchers have discovered two living species—so recently that they have yet to be named—of this Alavesia fly, a genus that had previously only been seen preserved in Cretaceous-era amber in Spain and Burma...

February 18, 2009

Monkeys Hate Others' Bonuses, Too

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on February 16th, primatologist Frans de Waal noted that the public's distaste for Wall Street bonuses has its counterpart, and perhaps roots, in other animals' perceptions of inequity...

February 17, 2009

Ancient Whales Birthed on Land?

In a study in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers report the first fossil find of a pregnant whale--which offers tantalizing clues that the marine mammal returned to land to give birth...

February 16, 2009

Big win for a tiny endangered species, the American pika

The rabbit-like American pika ( Ochotona princeps ) got lucky this week. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, responding to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice, has agreed to assess whether the increasingly rare animal qualifies for protection under the Endangered Species Act...

February 13, 2009 — John Platt
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