Feature Stories

  • The Three Domains of Life
    When scientists first started to classify life, everything was designated as either an animal or a plant. But as new forms of life were discovered, the original classification was not sufficient enough to organize the diversity and complexity of life.
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  • Living in the Dark
    Over the past several years, scientists have discovered life in the most unusual places. From rocky abodes deep underground, to hot volcanic vents under the seas.
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  • Do We Know What Killed the Dinosaurs?
    What killed the dinosaurs? Many geologists and paleontologists now think that a large asteroid or comet impacting the Earth must have caused a global catastrophe that led to this extensive loss of life.
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  • Why Microbes Matter
    Research on Mars can lead to advances in biotechnology and medicine, bring us closer to understanding our origins.
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  • Digital Zookeepers Take a Census
    Cataloguing the taxonomy of an entire planet's history, a 'digital zoo' holds great promise for resolving century-old debates about how the Earth got to be such a rich spawning ground for life's diversity.
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  • Odyssey Finds Large Concentrations of Water on Mars
    The first results from the Mars Odyssey are in, and they reveal that the Southern Hemisphere of the Red Planet has a lot of water ice just below the surface.
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  • Clues to the Last Common Ancestor
    Molecular detectives have traced human ancestry back to the so-called Mitochondrial Eve, the last female common ancestor. More recent research has posited a Y-chromosome Adam, the last male common ancestor.
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  • Genetic Alchemy: Turning Lobsters into Fruit Flies
    Biologists at the University of California, San Diego, now have genetic evidence that explains how such drastic alterations to body plans were able to occur during the early evolution of animals.
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  • Warm-nosed Robot Breaks the Ice
    An adventurous science team returned from the deep Norwegian glacial fields, having tested an instrument which may be used to explore areas beneath the frozen surfaces of other worlds.
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  • Digital Zookeepers Take a Census
    Cataloguing the taxonomy of an entire planet's history, a 'digital zoo' holds great promise for resolving century-old debates about how the Earth got to be such a rich spawning ground for life's diversity.
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