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In a Blink of a Nose

The star-nosed mole might look ungainly, but it can apparently forage at record speeds. Writing in the current issue of Nature, Kenneth C.

February 7, 2005

Early Birds

Vegavis, lived in Antarctica 70 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period. Although birds clearly evolved by 150 million years ago, exactly when the modern groups of birds arose has proved a subject of debate...

January 24, 2005


Arabidopsis thaliana, pollinates itself--an ability that new research suggests it acquired relatively recently in its evolutionary history.

December 20, 2004

Paleoelevation Revealed

or stomata, the tiny openings on the leaf surface through which plants absorb gases needed for photosynthesis, can provide clues to land elevation over time.

November 29, 2004

Geographer of the Male Genome

The notion of the Y sex chromosome as a genetic wasteland still entices biologists. David C. Page has spent a good part of his career knocking down that myth

November 22, 2004 — Gary Stix

Are Viruses Alive?

Although viruses challenge our concept of what "living" means, they are vital members of the web of life

November 22, 2004 — Luis P. Villarreal

Honest Wasps

have distinctive black facial markings that correlate with their rank. Because these status symbols are relatively low cost from a biological standpoint, scientists have long wondered why there aren't more fakers--that is, low-ranking individuals masquerading as high-ranking ones--in the wild...

November 15, 2004
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