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July 10, 2017

 

bird singing on some branches with a blue sky background

Bird Song Genes, FoxP2, And Reelin

Scientists studying zebra finch brains have identified about 2000 vocalization genes in a brain region known as Area X.

June 7, 2017

 

asian clam on beach

Clam Attack!

If you think the Clones on Star Wars were a threat, just wait until you hear about Asian clams.

May 31, 2017

 

An elephant without tusks.

No Tusks

A significant number of elephants are being born without tusks.

March 8, 2017

 

A cheetah family of five lounges in the sun at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Cheetahs Cut from the Same Cloth

Cheetahs have survived devastating climate change and a resulting genetic bottleneck.

November 29, 2016

 

A close-up of a zebra's black and white stripes. The picture also appears to have been taken with black and white film or put beneath a black and white filter.

Why Don’t Humans Have Spots Or Stripes?

Ever wondered why we humans don't have spots or stripes? Well, maybe you haven't, but it is interesting that so many creatures are multicolored but we are not.

October 14, 2016

 

Three neon lights in the shapes of hand. The left is orange-red. The middle is bright green. The right is red.

The Future in the Palm of Your Hand

What does the crystal ball reveal for human evolutionary future? Is it six-fingered hands for everyone?

April 15, 2016

 

sugar beets

Beet Parasites

Sugar beets are susceptible to wormy parasites that decrease crop yields.

March 24, 2016

 

winter wheat

Winter Wheat

Wheat survives winter's freezing temperatures, and is ready to be harvested come springtime.

March 9, 2016

 

pattern of dotted rings

Bacterial Clouds

Everyone contributes something unique to the world, at least when it comes to bacteria.

February 5, 2016

 

multiple octopuses

The Octopus’s Genes

Despite being mollusks, octopuses have a complex genome that is nearly the size of the human genome.

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