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Science in the Spotlight: How to Tame a Fox (And Build a Dog)

Science in the Spotlight: How to Tame a Fox (And Build a Dog)

They greet their owners at the door with leaps and wagging tails, begging for pats. Read Lee Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut’s account of how they tamed the fox and why it matters.

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Hot and Cold: Effect of Temperature on Virus Transmission

Hot and Cold: Effect of Temperature on Virus Transmission

Local temperatures influence viral infection rates in mosquitos. Yale researchers in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology find a new link between temperature and mosquito and viral genotypes, providing more clues to successfully predict viral outbreaks.

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How was Wheat Domesticated?

How was Wheat Domesticated?

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have been studying the genomics of wheat to determine how it was domesticated.

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Game of Sperms

Game of Sperms

Why do males in some species care for children that are not their own? A new Yale study explains the reasons behind these actions.

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The Twists And Turns Of Flowers

The Twists And Turns Of Flowers

A molecule in your jam plays a role in the twisting of flower petals. Yale Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Vivian Irish, studies how a genetic mutation causes epidermal cells and flower organs to twist.

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Something’s Fishy

Something’s Fishy

Diverse fish from Antarctica now face rising temperatures and increased competition from invading species.

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Microbial Diversity: How environmental niches affect biological diversification

Microbial Diversity: How environmental niches affect biological diversification

By studying rocks that are almost three million years old, a team of researchers led by Eva Stüeken found out that the diversification of environmental niches plays a role in the diversification of microbial populations.

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Decoding the Largest Mammalian Genome

Decoding the Largest Mammalian Genome

Think that you have a large genome? Think again. The red vizcacha rat from Argentina is known to have a genome size almost three times larger than that of humans, and researchers have unearthed new data about this intriguing phenomenon.

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A Gecko Opera: Reptile Vocal Plasticity and the Lombard Effect

A Gecko Opera: Reptile Vocal Plasticity and the Lombard Effect

Humans, and many other animals, reflexively increase the volume of their vocalizations in a noisy environment, a phenomenon called the Lombard effect. A new study on geckos, one of the first to examine vocal plasticity in a reptile, found that while geckos do not exhibit the Lombard effect, they do modify their calls in other ways so as to more easily be heard over noise.

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Q&A: Why did turtles come out of their shells?

Q&A: Why did turtles come out of their shells?

A study in Switzerland challenges our most basic understanding of the turtle, suggesting that it evolved head retraction as a means of predation rather than protection.

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