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water drips from faucet

Jan 10, 2024

Nafion byproduct 2 Found in Blood of Well Users Near Fayetteville, N.C.

PFAS detected in well water in Bladen and Cumberland counties. 

Super-resolution imaging of nuclear pore complexes.

Aug 24, 2023

Researchers Sharpen Their Focus on Passages Into the Nucleus

Scientists hope they can build on findings in a new study to understand the role of tiny nuclear pores in cell development and disease. 

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Jun 21, 2023

PFAS Found in Blood of Dogs, Horses Living Near Fayetteville, N.C.

Researchers found PFAS in the blood of pet dogs and horses from Gray’s Creek, N.C. 

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Mar 16, 2023

Forensic Study Sheds Light on the Remains of Infants, Children

The findings will help forensic scientists determine how long a young person’s remains were at a particular location. 

Pie chart reflects the following text: Fewer than three of the 1,000+ pages in a typical biology text book address climate change. Coverage of solutions has declined by 80% in recent decades.

Dec 21, 2022

Climate Impacts Are Increasing; Textbooks Aren’t Keeping Pace

Biology textbooks are failing to share adequate information about climate change, which is a generation-defining topic in the life sciences. 

Nov 11, 2022

Wastewater, Syndromic COVID-19 Surveillance Are Important Pieces of COVID-Monitoring Toolkit

Wastewater and syndromic surveillance monitoring are useful complements to lab-confirmed case surveillance during a pandemic. 

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Oct 24, 2022

Gestational Exposure to Flame Retardant Alters Brain Development in Rats

Exposure in utero to a common flame retardant altered brain development in newborn rats. 

lifelike sculpture of a powerfully built neandertal man with a broad brow, brown hair and beard

Aug 23, 2022

Study of Ancient Skulls Sheds Light on Human Interbreeding With Neandertals

The study supports the hypothesis that much of this interbreeding took place in the region ranging from North Africa to Iraq. 

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Aug 15, 2022

Statistical Tool Finds ‘Gaps’ in DNA Data Sets Shouldn’t Be Ignored

A simple statistical test could help evolutionary biologists avoid bias in analyses. 

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Apr 12, 2022

Two Sets of Sex Chromosomes Determine More Than Just Sex

Researchers look to an African cichlid to understand the impacts of two sets of sex chromosomes on a species. 

three images capture beetle larvae at various stages of jumping; a fourth image shows the trajectory of a larva's leap

Jan 19, 2022

Scientists Find Previously Unknown Jumping Behavior in Insects

There is evidence that this jumping behavior is occurring in a range of species – we just haven’t noticed it before. 

a human skull rests on a glossy black surface in front of a black background

Jan 4, 2022

Forensic Researchers Call for Proactive Efforts to Address Racism

The call responds to issues of systemic racism highlighted by the BLM movement. 

Skulls of a baboon and howler monkey with the teeth "digitally dissected."

Oct 26, 2021

What Big Teeth You Have: Tooth Root Surface Area Can Determine Primate Size

A formula that calculates primate body size from tooth root size could help us learn how human ancestors interacted with their environment. 

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Oct 13, 2021

Scientists Seen as Trustworthy Experts When Sharing Their Work in Online Videos

Viewers responding positively to researchers who present their own work. 

two skulls rest on a table in the research lab of forensic anthropologist Ann Ross

Jul 14, 2021

Study: Let’s Replace ‘Ancestry’ in Forensics With Something More Accurate

The study highlights flaws in existing approaches to assessing and discussing ancestral origin.