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Spinning a new version of silk

After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory. […]

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Ancient snakes — a new hiss-tory

The ancestral snakes in the grass actually lived in the forest, according to the most detailed look yet at the iconic reptiles. A comprehensive analysis by Yale University paleontologists reveals […]

Cicadas get a jump on cleaning

Evidence of non-adaptive evolution within cicadas

University of Montana Assistant Professor John McCutcheon has once again discovered something new about the complex and intriguing inner workings of the cicada insect. The Proceedings of the National Academy […]

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Which is most valuable: Gold, cocaine or rhino horn?

Many of the world’s largest herbivores — including several species of elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses and gorillas — are in danger of becoming extinct. And if current trends continue, the loss […]