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The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

A colored transmission electron micrograph of a human serous cell’s nucleus, with its nucleolus in purple. The nucleolus functions as the sort of brain of the nucleus, making rRNA, a basic ingredient for making proteins.

Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline

Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline

Over the past 17 years, the numbers of some bird species in French farming regions have dropped considerably. Meadow pipits have declined by 68 percent.

When a Pregnant Pipefish Dad Spots an Alluring Female, Things Get Weird

When a Pregnant Pipefish Dad Spots an Alluring Female, Things Get Weird

A robust ghost pipefish in waters off Indonesia. With some species of pipefish, fathers are susceptible to what scientists call the Bruce effect.

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

There were nine species of the flightless birds called the moa.

1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture?

1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture?

Dozens of common merganser ducklings following Mama on Lake Bemidji in Minnesota.

Review: ‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon

Review: ‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon

Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey
Knopf, $26.95
330 pages

Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.

Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.

An arctic fox near Helagsfjället mountain in Sweden. Foxes in the area were severely inbred until three males from a Norwegian captive breeding population turned up.

 She Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case. Here’s What She’s Going to Do Next.

She Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case. Here’s What She’s Going to Do Next.

“I am a retired patent attorney,” said Barbara Rae-Venter. “None of this is a planned event.”

Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland

Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland

Signs of a henge, a man-made enclosure from thousands of years ago thought to serve as a gathering place, were photographed by a camera-enabled drone on Monday.

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

The marbled crayfish is a mutant species that clones itself, scientists report. The population is exploding in Europe, but the species appears to have originated only about 25 years ago.

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

A male chimpanzee drinking at a waterhole in Fongoli, a Senegalese savanna. Temperatures at Fongoli can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse.

James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse.

“Decoding Watson,” a new film about Dr. James D. Watson, explores the gulf between his scientific brilliance and his views on race.

What a Scientist Learned From Studying the ‘Synchronized Swimming of Sea Monkeys’

What a Scientist Learned From Studying the ‘Synchronized Swimming of Sea Monkeys’

Brine shrimp (Artemia salina) in a laboratory tank prior to experiments studying the effect of their collective vertical migration.

For Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research

For Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research

Dr. Mark Willenbring at his Alltyr outpatient clinic for substance abuse in St. Paul.


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