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July-August 1998 Volume 86, Number 4
This young male spider of the genus Portia plucked the threads of a web in just the right way to lure and then eat the orb-weaving resident (Zosis genicularis). Portia specializes in attracting and then attacking other spiders. ...
A membrane's properties can now be obtained by analyzing nodes—places where the system is at rest when vibrated at a natural frequency
Plastic waste may provide a reliable and clean source of energy. It may not make sense to bury it
A century-old observation about an unexpected pattern in many numerical tables applies to the stock market, census statistics and accounting data
Paradoxical behavior can be understood in the context of evolutionary stable strategies. The trick is to discover which game the animal is playing
Despite the small size of their brain, jumping spiders in the genus Portia outwit other spiders with hunting techniques that include trial and error
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A review of Matters of Life and Death: Perspectives on Public Health, Molecular Biology, Cancer and the Prospects for the Human Race, by John Cairns.
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