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Extra Genes For Starch Eaters

Humans have different numbers of a gene for digesting starch, probably because starch-eaters who got more of the genes had an advantage. Karen Hopkin reports.

September 10, 2007

World Rabies Day Aims At Rabies Awareness

Saturday, September 8th, is World Rabies Day, to raise people's awareness about the disease--rabies still kills 55,000 people every year. Steve Mirsky reports. For more info, go to

September 7, 2007

Toddlers Beat the Great Apes at Social Learning

New research in Science reveals that children and apes are on par when it comes to straight numerical and spatial abilities, but when they're tested on social learning, the children excel...

September 6, 2007

Putting Food on the Table: What to Eat

In this episode New York University's Marion Nestle talks about her article in the September issue of Scientific American, called "Eating Made Simple." Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news...

September 5, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Humans turn out to be as genetically different from one another as it was previously thought they were different from chimps

Proponents of Evo-Devo, whose practitioners inquire into the developmental significance of various genes, and in so doing have discovered that, among other things, some genes have much more power to shape body plans than others, like to point to the supposed similarity between humans and chimps -- ~99% shared DNA -- to illustrate the power of just a few genes to effect radical changes in the phenotype of an animal...

September 5, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Mold On The Mind

Damp, moldy houses may contribute to depression--although the mold just may be a marker for poor living conditions. Kevin Begos reports.

August 31, 2007

Baiji back from the dead?

Tales of the baiji's demise may have been much exaggerated. Apparently, video has appeared of a rare Yangtze river dolphin--potentially the last of its kind--though the video is bad enough for the identification to be suspect...

August 30, 2007 — David Biello
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