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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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Pacific gooseneck barnacles don't let their shorter penises get in the way of getting it on: They ooze sperm directly into the water for waiting mates to capture. Scientists previously assumed that less well-endowed barnacles, which couldn't reach potential mates with their penises, used self-fertilization to reproduce.
The White House announced 23 new actions to curb gun violence last week in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. President Barack Obama lifted a 17-year ban on gun violence research and is seeking limits on weapons sales and stricter background checks.
A mouse study provides new insight into how leprosy does its disfiguring damage: The bacterium can reprogram nerve cells to act like stem cells, which infiltrate the body's nervous system and muscles.
The largest study to date tracking the impact of poaching on African elephant populations determines that the animals are more likely to die by human hands than of natural causes. Signs that the elephants are responding to the threat with a baby boom offer slim hope for their survival.
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A massive assessment finds that soot could be warming the world twice as much as previously thought.
The European Food Safety Authority warns that three commonly used pesticides pose an "acute risk" to honey bees, whose dwindling populations are an international cause of concern, and recommends that none of the pesticides be used on crops attractive to bees. E.U. officials are set to discuss the matter at the end of the month.