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November 20, 2013

 

Photo of a garden full of orange and pink roses.

Flower Power

Long used in courtship rituals, sweet smelling flowers developed their fragrances to attract insects.

November 15, 2013

 

An outstretched hand balances a crystal ball in its palm.

The Future in the Palm of Your Hand

Are six-fingers in store for our evolutionary future?

March 5, 2013

 

two ferrets next to each other

Ferret Sneezes And The H5N1 Virus

Scientists manipulated the H5N1 virus, and found that, with just a few genetic mutations, it could be passed from one ferret to another through a sneeze.

May 29, 2012

 

HGPS is a childhood disorder caused by mutations in one of the major architectural proteins of the cell nucleus.

What Is Progeria?

Progeria was first described in the nineteenth century. The mysterious disease is often thought of as premature aging.

January 18, 2012

 

Chest X-ray

How To Create A Superbug

When the drugs we use to heal us create unintended monsters.

November 18, 2008

 

Toad on Tree-branch

Gender-Jumping Toads

There's more bad news for the spring-legged amphibians---male toads living near farms are likely to develop female sex organs.

June 17, 2008

 

Citizens of Mexico City protecting themselves

The Flu Epidemic

The most lethal epidemic killer is more common than you might think, the flu. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

October 9, 2007

 

Chimp To Human Evolution

Who’s More Evolved?

Humans are more highly "evolved" than chimps, right?

June 27, 2006

 

chicken close-up

As Scarce As Hen’s Teeth?

Many organisms possess genes or traits that they do not express.

September 27, 2003

 

How Now, Mad Cow

This strange disease was first noticed in the UK when British cows were infected by feed containing tainted sheep material. How could you spot a mad cow?

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