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Science and the Holidays

Science and the Holidays

From greening your Christmas tree to what oil producers could learn from the story of Hanukkah, your guide to the science of the holiday season

December 18, 2008

Should Christmas trees be fireproofed?

If artificial Christmas trees strike you as a bit too Grinch-like in their aseptic modernity but you worry about bringing a tinderbox into your living room, the simplest solution may also be the best one...

December 18, 2008 — John Matson

Testing Natural Selection with Genetics

Biologists working with the most sophisticated genetic tools are demonstrating that natural selection plays a greater role in the evolution of genes than even most evolutionists had thought...

December 18, 2008 — H. Allen Orr

Diversity Revealed: From Atoms to Traits

Charles Darwin saw that random variations in organisms provide fodder for evolution. Modern scientists are revealing how that diversity arises from changes to DNA and can add up to complex creatures or even cultures...

December 18, 2008 — David M. Kingsley
The Mr. Moms of the Fish World

The Mr. Moms of the Fish World

Male pipefish, like seahorses, have their own placentas to carry and nourish their offspring

December 17, 2008 — Adam Marcus
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