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The Long Haul: Challenges and Rewards of Long-Term Ecological Studies

Carolyn BeansMay 4, 2016

Plants with shorter lifespans tend to be better studied in evolutionary biology and population ecology, because research lasting longer than five years takes, patience, planning, perseverance after setbacks... and reliable funding. But the scientists who tackle long-term studies can reach an unexplored territory where scientific breakthroughs happen.

From the Staff

Searching for the Chemical Origins of Life

Katie L. BurkeMay 11, 2016

A discussion about the structures of biopolymers - the building blocks of amino acids - and the ongoing efforts to try to tease apart the process of the earliest evolution of life on Earth.

Science Culture

Audio: Exploring The Dark Net with Author Jamie Bartlett

Dianne TimblinApr 27, 2016

In this edition of the Scientists’ Nightstand podcast, author Jamie Bartlett discusses his book The Dark Net in which market mechanisms, technology, ethics, and human behavior mix.


The Long View

Fire’s Weird Behavior in Space

Fenella SaundersApr 13, 2016

In the microgravity environment of outer space, flames burn very differently than they do on Earth. Understanding those differences not only helps researchers grasp the properties of combustion and burning, but is also crucial for outer-space missions.


Emerging Entomology Research from a New Biodiversity Hotspot

Matthew BertoneMar 22, 2016

At a regional meeting in the southeastern United States, bug experts revealed new research in taxonomy, invasion biology, disease ecology, and microbiomics.

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