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Garden of Deceit

It’s an idyllic summer scene in the Canadian Rockies: silent snow-capped peaks watching over bumblebees haphazardly buzzing to and fro over an alpine meadow strewn with bright yellow buttercups. A closer look at this garden of golden blossoms reveals imposters … Continue reading

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Scurvy: Brought to You By Evolution

This entry is part of a recurring series called Use It Or Lose It that looks at those things that didn’t make the evolutionary cut and have been lost in modern species. “…the first sign is an inflamed, swollen condition … Continue reading

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Anther Smut Disease Causes Transgender Transformations

This post is the latest in a recurring series called the Difference Between Boys and Girls, which talks about gender inequality and the battle of the sexes in biology. A group of students in an arctic biology class are lying … Continue reading

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White Nose Syndrome Look Alike

Over the last decade, an emerging fungal disease, White Nose Syndrome (WNS), has been decimating North American bats, including several endangered species. Mortality rates of affected bat colonies are in excess of 90%, and some 6 million bats are estimated … Continue reading

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The Wildlife Trade and Epizootics

The illegal wildlife trade has been all over the news in the last weeks, with South Africa announcing that rhino poaching has hit record levels in the past year, and extinction could arrive in as little as 20 years if … Continue reading

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