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Gut Microbes Help Keep Starved Flies Fecund (4/2017)

Microbes living in the guts of fruit flies appear to influence the flies' food choice—and promote egg production, even under a nutrient-poor diet. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Selective Breeding Molds Foxes into Pets (4/2017)

Evolutionary biologist Lee Dugatkin talks about the six-decade Siberian experiment with foxes that has revealed details about domestication in general.  

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Why One Researcher Marched for Science (4/2017)

Lisa Klein, from the materials science and engineering department at Rutgers University, commented on the March for Science at an April 21 talk to the chemistry department at Lehman College in the...

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Healthy Behavior Can Spread Like Illness (4/2017)

If people run more in New York City, that can push their socially connected counterparts in San Diego to run more as well. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Climate 420 Million Years Ago Poised for Comeback (4/2017)

Starting in the next century, atmospheric carbon levels could begin to approach those of hundreds of millions of years ago, and have their warming effect augmented by a brighter sun. 

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Traces of Genetic Trauma Can Be Tweaked (4/2017)

Trauma can be passed down to offspring due to epigenetic changes in DNA. But positive experiences seem able to correct that. Erika Beras reports. 

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Species Split When Mountains Rise (4/2017)

Plant species in China's Hengduan Mountains exploded in diversity eight million years ago—right when the mountains were built. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Shoelace Study Untangles a Knotty Problem (4/2017)

Researchers have trotted out data that show a combination of whipping and stomping forces is what causes laces to unravel without warning. Karen Hopkin reports.

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World Parkinson's Day Puts Spotlight on Condition (4/2017)

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research CEO Todd Sherer, a neuroscientist, talks about the state of Parkinson's disease and research.

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Cave Dwellers Battled Bed Bug Bites, Too (4/2017)

Researchers have found the earliest evidence of bugs in the Cimex genus co-habitating with humans, in Oregon's Paisley Caves. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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