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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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With the recent discoveries of hundreds of planets outside our solar system, astronomers have begun thinking about life light-years from our sun. But alien life might reside much closer to home. Did Mars once harbor life—and might it still? Is something swimming in the ice-encased ocean of Jupiter's moon, Europa? And with mounting evidence for liquid water on Saturn's moon, Enceladus, might scientists have their best shot yet of spotting life beyond Earth?
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