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Rudolfensis and the Red-Nosed Paleoanthropologist

Add Leakey to Homo skulls and what do you get? Headlines! — with fine print that undermines the celebration.

Brazil's Islands in the Sky Defy Evolution

Isolated table mountains with sheer cliffs in South America should be natural laboratories for evolution. Why aren't they?

The Fish Explosion

Fish are exploding in the kitchen of evolutionary phylogenomics.

Can Gratitude Be Studied Scientifically?

Some psychologists say gratitude improves one's well being. But is that a subject for science?

Mt. St. Helens Renewal Slow, Steady

This is an eyewitness report of ecological renewal at the volcano that erupted 32 years ago.

Curiosity Set to Explore Mars

Having survived its nail-biting entry, descent and landing, the Curiosity rover is ready to roll on Mars.

Scientific Ethics Concerns Rising

For an enterprise as secular and materialistic as science, there's a lot of talk about morality these days.

Weightlifters No Match for Insects

For Olympic season, here are more comparisons between human and animal capabilities.

Dinosaur Triggers and Other Fossil Foibles

Instant dinosaurs: just add mountains. Does this and other fossil news make sense?

Palm Trees Thrived in Antarctica

Evidence for tropical trees has been found 5 km deep off the coast of Antarctica.

More Olympic Creatures

Plants and animals continue to amaze us with their Olympic-level abilities. New observations promote some to the award stand.

Peppered Moths Without Evolution

A new study shows that scientific research on moth camouflage does not require evolutionary theory.

Olympic Plants Perform in Place

They may be rooted in the ground, but plants run their own Olympic organization.

Science of the Ten Commandments

Thinking about the Ten Commandments reduces cheating, even for atheists.

Left-Handed Amino Acid Puzzle Remains

A new suggestion of how life ended up with left-handed amino acids comes up short.
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