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(Evolutionary) Rebels Without a Cause:

(Evolutionary) Rebels Without a Cause:

How treeshrew body sizes defy the rules “You’re tearing me apart!” cries James Dean in the iconic scene from Rebel Without a Cause. Though the connection might not be obvious at first glance, the history of categorizing treeshrew species has

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Immune to our Food

Immune to our Food

Fast Food, Slow Recovery Our country is plastered with weight-loss advertisements. For every McDonald’s commercial, there is another one for Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers. In America, obesity and health have become national concerns, as over a third of the

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Spotlight on Science: The Evolution of Beauty

Spotlight on Science: The Evolution of Beauty

The Evolution of Beauty is a compelling and insightful look at beauty in nature through the eyes of Richard O. Prum, the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale. The book is Prum’s response to decades of research in

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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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