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The Single Birds’ Bar

The Single Birds’ Bar

The evolution of super-black feathers in birds-of-paradise Just like a teenager before a first date, male birds-of-paradise spend hours checking their looks and practicing their dance moves. But unlike a teenager, who might change clothes five times before leaving the

Lonesome George’s Legacy: Genetic markers of longevity in giant tortoises

Lonesome George’s Legacy: Genetic markers of longevity in giant tortoises

“Gone but not forgotten;” an epithet that applies to Lonesome George, the giant tortoise, and his newly-extinct species. In 2012, Lonesome George died as the last member of Chelonoidis abingdonii, at the ripe old age of 100. Galapagos tortoises are

Going (Anti)Viral: Persistence of Neanderthal Anti-Viral DNA in the Human Genome

Going (Anti)Viral: Persistence of Neanderthal Anti-Viral DNA in the Human Genome

One of the stranger components of the 23andMe genetic testing service is its measure of how many Neanderthal variants one has in their DNA. The presence of Neanderthal DNA in our genes, besides being a funny talking point, also corrects

Getting a Grip: Designing Stress-Resistant and Energy-Storing Materials

Getting a Grip: Designing Stress-Resistant and Energy-Storing Materials

The lead hero of Marvel Studios’s “Black Panther,” T’Challa, is known for his iconic black full-body suit. One of its signature properties is the ability to store and later release energy from an enemy’s physical blows. A new microstructure designed

Easy as 1,2,3: Honeybees can learn to add and subtract

Easy as 1,2,3: Honeybees can learn to add and subtract

“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly.” This opening line from the Bee Movie echoes a fascination people have with the abilities of bees. Although the line may

(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