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2010-02-16 11:51:20

Plants and people alike face critical choices as they reproduce: to make a few big, well-provisioned seeds—or babies--or many small, poorly-provisioned ones.

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2010-01-15 09:04:30

Figs and the wasps that pollinate them present one of biologists' favorite examples of a beneficial relationship between two different species.

2009-12-03 21:28:36

Researchers advocate a biodiversity-focused strategy.

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2009-10-19 14:27:35

A workshop at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama has dramatically improved the ability of conservationists and regulatory agencies to monitor the spread of chytridiomycosis—one of the deadliest frog diseases on Earth.

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2009-10-13 07:25:22

Smithsonian researchers working in Colombia's Cerrejón coal mine have unearthed the first megafossil evidence of a neotropical rainforest.

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2009-10-05 13:50:45

A high-speed chase across the Panama Canal in a Boston Whaler may sound like the beginning of another James Bond film—but the protagonist of this story brandishes a butterfly net and studies the effects of climate change on insect migrations at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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2009-10-02 10:18:15

A long-term, before and after study of Africanized bee invasion of Mexico's Yucatan shows that 'killer bees' may actually increase food resources for native bees

2009-08-12 15:58:00

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Electronic Consulting Services, Inc., (ECS), a leading provider of information technology and system engineering services to the U.S. Federal Government, announced today that it was awarded a 5 year $270.6 million SETA contract with the U. S. Army PEO STRI.

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2009-06-01 11:03:18

Fungus-farming ants have cultivated the same fungal crops for 50 million years.

2009-05-15 08:43:51

By snipping off parts of male genitalia and reducing genital sensation in both male and female tsetse flies, researchers induced a suite of changes in female reproduction, including reduced ovulation, reduced sperm storage and increased re-mating attempts by the females.


Word of the Day
coulisse
  • One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
  • The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
  • A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
  • A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
The word 'coulisse' comes from a French word meaning "sliding door".
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