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May 16, 2013
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Carnivorous Plant Throws Out ‘Junk’ DNA

The newly sequenced genome of the carnivorous bladderwort plant contradicts the notion that vast quantities of noncoding DNA are crucial for complex life. UA researchers helped solve the puzzle by providing specialized genome analyses and computational software. Genes – the … Continue reading

May 1, 2013
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Deep in Texas, a plant-eating feathered dinosaur reemerges

A recently identified feathered dinosaur found deep in West Texas reinforces an emerging view that creatures like it were more diverse and widespread in North America than previously thought, according to a new study. The species — a turkey-sized herbivore … Continue reading

September 5, 2012
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Gardener’s Delight Offers Glimpse into the Evolution of Flowering Plants

The Pink Double Dandy peony, the Double Peppermint petunia, the Doubled Strawberry Vanilla lily and nearly all roses are varieties cultivated for their double flowers. The blossoms of these and other such plants are lush with extra petals in place … Continue reading

May 9, 2012
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Biologists Turn Back the Clock to Understand Evolution of Sex Differences

Battles of sexes shown to spur adaptive sex differences Sex differences account for some of the most of the spectacular traits in nature: the wild colours of male guppies, the plumage of peacocks, tusks on walruses and antlers on moose. … Continue reading

April 17, 2012
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Scientists Trace Evolutionary History of What Mammals Eat

*Feeding habits haven’t always been what they are today* The feeding habits of mammals haven’t always been what they are today, particularly for omnivores. Some groups of mammals almost exclusively eat meat–take lions and tigers and other big cats as … Continue reading

October 16, 2011
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UChicago Launches Search for Distant Worlds

Since 1995, scientists have discovered approximately 600 planets around other stars, including 50 planets last month alone, and one that orbits two stars, like Tatooine in Star Wars. Detection of the first Earthlike planet remains elusive, however, and now the … Continue reading

April 7, 2011
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Biodiversity improves water quality in streams through a division of labor

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Biologically diverse streams are better at cleaning up pollutants than less rich waterways, and a University of Michigan ecologist says he has uncovered the long-sought mechanism that explains why this is so. Bradley Cardinale used 150 miniature … Continue reading