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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.

December 31, 2015


car on flatbed tow truck

Male Zeus Bugs Get a Free Ride 

The male Zeus bug hitches a ride on the female's back and feeds off her.

December 15, 2015


Black-Bellied Flycatcher

For Small Island Flycatchers Black Means Success

Black-bellied flycatchers are more aggressive and, therefore, more successful at staking their turf.

December 4, 2015



Mistletoe’s Missing Genes

Mistletoe lacks genes found in all other plants and animals.

November 20, 2015


Image of Greek warrior

Paleogenomics and the Bronze Age

Genetic analysis of ancient remains can uncover buried facts about our cultural evolution, like why we drink milk.

November 17, 2015



Quail Losers 

Lady quails don't go for the prize fighter; they prefer less aggressive males.

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