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LAND LINK  Paleobiologist Neil Shubin hosts the new PBS series Your Inner Fish, exploring humans’ connections to animal ancestors. He holds an example of his most famous fossil find: Tiktaalik roseae, an evolutionary link between fish and land animals.

ANTIBACTERIAL BACKFIRE  Soaps that contain triclosan, a commonly used antimicrobial compound, could actually help disease-causing bacteria colonize the human nose. 

SMELL NO EVIL  Young damselfishes (shown) living in carbon dioxide-rich waters have trouble detecting predator odors, compared to fish in areas with less CO2 dissolved in the water.  

  • Animals

    
    Wild Things

    Lionfish grow wary after culling

    Efforts to control invasive lionfish could make them more difficult to catch.

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    Wild Things

    Small sperm whale species share a diet

    Dwarf and pygmy species of sperm whales overlap in what they eat, and that could be a problem as the food web changes around them.

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  • Plants

    
    Science Ticker

    Milkweed 'horns' may equal wins in reproduction battle

    Plants may be ripping a page right from bucks’ playbooks, developing hornlike weapons to improve their chances of reproduction.

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  • Microbes

    Say What?

    Osmotroph

    An organism that eats by osmosis, relying on nutrients diffusing into its body from a higher concentration in its environment.
  • Fungi

    It's Alive

    Fungal fight club

    Combat between fungal individuals is a bit like war between heaps of spaghetti.
  • Conservation

    
    Science Ticker

    Nonhuman city natives in decline but can be conserved

    Cities have been a downer on biodiversity but native populations still remain in urban areas, offering a starting point for possible conservation efforts.

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  • Evolution

  • Ecology

    Reviews & Previews

    Do your bit for bumblebees

    The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and its partners have launched the Bumble Bee Watch website to track sightings. When you see a bee bumbling around, snap a photo.
  • Paleontology

  • Biophysics

  • Other

    
    Deleted Scenes

    The Sopranos with feathers

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