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New Galápagos species identified

Researchers led by biologist Gabriele Gentile of the University of Rome Tor Vergata have discovered a new species of land iguana living in the Galápagos that Darwin missed but may shed light on evolution...

January 7, 2009

Drugs trigger dramatic weight loss in fat mice

Drugs currently on the market but used for other purposes helped plump mice shed pounds by upping their response to the appetite-suppressing hormone leptin, according to a new study.

January 6, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

A picture is worth a thousand words

Editor's note: Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet. Following is the sixteenth of her updates on the effort as part of 's In-Depth Report on the "Future of the Poles."
AGAP SOUTH CAMP, ANTARCTICA—Since we first conceived this project, we have been acutely aware of the limited amount of time we would have in the field.  We wanted 35 days to complete the planned program...

January 6, 2009 — Robin Bell

50 Years Ago: A Witness at the Scopes Trial

In 1925 a Tennessee teacher of biology named Thomas Scopes was tried for teaching the theory of evolution. An expert witness at the trial relates how evolution lost in court but won in the eyes of the nation...

December 31, 2008 — Fay-Cooper Cole

Science's 2008 Achievement List

The journal Science lists their top research achievements for 2008. (Number one: reprogramming cells.) Cynthia Graber reports. For more, see

December 31, 2008
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