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  • Feature

    Science News of the Year 2000

    Years ago, fresh out of a statistics course, I made some friends laugh by insisting that an election shouldn't be considered valid unless the difference between the vote counts is statistically significant. I was viewing an election as an experiment with the hypothesis that more of the voters wanted candidate A than candidate B. I didn't pursue the idea because a vote count seemed to me to be...

    11/29/2004 - 16:32 Humans & Society
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    Subway dig in L.A. yields fossil trove

    Not all of the fossils in North Hollywood have facelifts and tummy tucks. Just ask the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which earlier this month announced paleontological finds that it made while extending a subway line through Hollywood and into the San Fernando Valley.

    During the digging, which began in 1987 and ended last June, researchers recovered...

    11/22/2004 - 18:35 Paleontology
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    Nightlife: Marsupial meets mistletoe

    That's no bird—that's a marsupial. But it's doing a fine job of what was thought to be a bird's task: dispersing mistletoe seeds.

    The nocturnal, squirrel-size Dromiciops australis eats seeds of a South American mistletoe and then excretes them onto trees, report Gillermo Amico and Marcelo A. Aizen of the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Rio Negro in Argentina. When deposited, 98...

    11/22/2004 - 18:25
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    Great tits inherit egg spots from mom

    After examining more than a thousand clutches of eggs, researchers at Oxford University in England say a female great tit inherits her eggshell pattern from her mother's side of the family.

    Just what determines eggshell patterns has perplexed researchers. Cuckoos, for example, have evolved female lineages that mimic egg patterns of other species. The cuckoos swoop into nests...

    11/22/2004 - 18:21
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    Rodent Run

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Forgive the literary reference. I'm such a smart little Dickens that I just can't help it. I'm a rat—a real one, not some pinstriped poseur with a law degree. Call me Ike. My distinguished scientist friends do.

    Okay, they're not so friendly anymore. Yesterday, those...

    11/22/2004 - 18:15 Humans & Society