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The Original American Dogs Are Gone
Between 14,000 and 18,000 years ago, the ancestors of today’s Native Americans first entered the land where they now live. They came from Asia, walking east across a ...
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Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity
On October 31, 1832, a young naturalist named Charles Darwin walked onto the deck of the HMS Beagle and realized that the ship had been boarded by thousands ...
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In a video, a rodent reaches out and grabs a morsel of food, while small, colored dots highlight the positions of its knuckles. In another clip, a racehorse ...
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Parasites Can Mind-Control Animals Without Infecting Them
A tapeworm is essentially a very long, parasitic towel with a grappling hook for a head. It attaches itself to the internal organs of its host with its ...
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How to Tame a Zombie Fungus
In the summer of 2015, at a scientific conference in New Hampshire, I was chatting with a biologist named John McCutcheon when an excited young Japanese researcher came ...
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Trees That Have Lived for Millennia Are Suddenly Dying
Around 1,500 years ago, shortly after the collapse of the Roman Empire, a baobab tree started growing in what is now Namibia. The San people would eventually name ...
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Despite everything that had been done to save them, the quolls were still dying. And this time, it wasn’t for the expected reason. Quolls are small Australian mammals ...
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Bacteria Survive in NASA’s Clean Rooms by Eating Cleaning Products
Few places are as hard for microbes to infiltrate as the clean rooms in which NASA assembles its spacecraft. Those drifting in through the air must run a ...
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The New Ebola Outbreak Could Take ‘Three, Maybe Four’ Months to Control
The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently fighting its ninth Ebola outbreak—and Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum is as calm as ever. Warm, round-faced, and preternaturally chill, Muyembe was the ...
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Ebola Returns Just as the White House Loses Its Top Biodefense Expert
This week, three things happened with painfully ironic synchronicity. First, the Democratic Republic of the Congo revealed that it is facing down its ninth Ebola outbreak. Second, President ...
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