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It looks like females initiate the movement and bring up the rear, while the males tend to stay in the middle of the troop. Is that typical of baboons?

I like the way you can watch the males fight, but the females don't fight. Baboons are clearly a tournament species.
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Clearly shows that fur seals are closer to sea lions than to "true" seals.
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Out of all the possible molecules in the world, just two form the basis of life’s grand variety: DNA and RNA. They encode the stuff of every whale, ant, flower, tree and bacterium.

But scientists have now developed six alternative polymers called XNAs that can also store genetic information and evolve through natural selection. None of them are found in nature. They are part of a dawning era of “synthetic genetics”, which expands the chemistry of life in new uncharted directions.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/04/19/synthetic-xna-molecules-can-evolve-and-store-genetic-information-just-like-dna/
Genetics | Out of all the possible molecules in the world, just two form the basis of life’s grand variety: DNA and RNA. They alone can store and pass on genetic informa
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Isn't it somewhat risky? How do you hedge risks of future mutations?

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Scientists have found bacteria that have been living underground for as long as modern humans have existed, but that still resist our antibiotics. Find out why http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/04/13/isolated-for-millions-of-years-cave-bacteria-resist-modern-antibiotics/
Bacteria | The caverns of Lechuguilla Cave are some of the strangest on the planet. Its acid-carved passages extend for over 120 miles. They’re filled with a wonderland
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Hola Ed, espero que los cientificos tomen todas las precauciones para estudiarlas. bay amigo.
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Sometimes I write about parasitic wasps that hijack the bodies of other insects. Well, here's a virus that controls the minds of those wasps. It's parasites all the way down.
Animal behaviour | Leptopilina boulardi by Alexander WildIn a French meadow, a creature that specialises in corrupting the bodies of other animals is getting a taste of its own me
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Isn't this going to mean that the virus spreads to the strongest offspring in each successive generation, thus enhancing it's own viability?
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Will we ever have a fool-prooflie-detector? Unlikely, for several reason that I outline in my new BBC column
Morality | Here’s the fourth piece from my new BBC columnIn The Truth Machine, a science-fiction novel published in 1996, scientists invent a device that can detect lies
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you speaking english 
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This post is written in a font made from DNA (and there's a link at the bottom that explains how it works)
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"every link posted here drove 1/100th the amount of traffic to the respective site than one posted on Twitter. That combined with the generally poorer quality of comments"
— I have my doubts that the 140-character comments on Twitter can be generally of better quality. Or perhaps are just your followers.
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In an act of transformation worthy of any magician, scientists have converted scar tissue in the hearts of living mice into beating heart cells. If the same trick works in humans (and we’re still several years away from a trial), it could lead us to a long-sought prize of medicine – a way to mend a broken heart.
Medicine & health | In an act of transformation worthy of any magician, scientists have converted scar tissue in the hearts of living mice into beating heart cells. If the same tri
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Today I learned that kangaroos have three vaginas. Click on the link to find out more (SFW).
Anatomy | We interrupt your regularly scheduled news programming to bring you this wonderful piece of trivia about kangaroo genitals.Regular readers will know of my love
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‘Wasp’ is an English word, but ‘telk’ is not. You and I know this because we speak English. But in a French laboratory, six baboons have also learned to tell the difference between genuine English words, and nonsense ones. They can sort their wasps from their telks, even though they have no idea that the former means a stinging insect and the latter means nothing. They don’t understand the language, but can ‘read’ nonetheless.
Uncategorized | ‘Wasp’ is an English word, but ‘telk’ is not. You and I know this because we speak English. But in a French laboratory, six baboons have also learned to
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This gives me some ideas for a reading module for first-graders that I'm working on.
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Many insect colonies have troops of soldiers, which defend their nests with special weapons like massive jaws or chemical guns. Kladothrips intermedius is no exception – this tiny insect, known as a thrips, has soldiers that supposedly crush their enemies to death with butch forearms. But contrary to appearances, these big arms aren’t all that useful for fighting. Instead, they’re living pharmacies. Christine Turnbull from Macquarie University and Holly Caravan from Memorial University of Newfoundland have found that the thrips warriors are actually healers.
Uncategorized | Many insect colonies have troops of soldiers, which defend their nests with special weapons like massive jaws or chemical guns. Kladothrips intermedius is no ex
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Thrips, like fruit flies, are a great topic for citizen science. 
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Award-winning British science writer; creator of the blog Not Exactly Rocket Science; published in New Scientist, the Times, WIRED, the Guardian, Nature, the Daily Telegraph, the Economist and more.
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Won National Academies Keck 2010 Science Communication Award, 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize 2010, Research Blogging Awards 2010, ABSW Best Newcomer Award 2009 and Daily Telegraph Science Writer Award 2007.
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