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Why do animals have such different lifespans? – Joao Pedro de Magalhaes

For the microscopic lab worm, C. elegans life equates to just a few short weeks on Earth. Compare that with the tortoise, which can age to more than 100 years. Mice and rats reach the end of their lives after just four years, while for the bowhead whale, Earth’s longest-lived mammal, death can come after […]

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How a few scientists transformed the way we think about disease – Tien Nguyen

What if I told you that all illnesses, things like the cold, the flu, strep throat, came from wandering clouds of poisonous vapor? You’d probably think that absurd, and, don’t worry, it’s completely wrong. Yet that’s actually what people thought caused diseases for several centuries. They called it miasma theory, and everyone from the public […]

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The threat of invasive species – Jennifer Klos

Massive vines that blanket the southern United States, climbing as high as 100 feet as they uproot trees and swallow buildings. A ravenous snake that is capable of devouring an alligator. Rabbit populations that eat themselves into starvation. These aren’t horror movie concepts. They’re real stories, but how could such situations exist in nature? All […]

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Why is biodiversity so important? – Kim Preshoff

Our planet’s diverse thriving ecosystems may seem like permanent fixtures, but they’re actually vulnerable to collapse. Jungles can become deserts, and reefs can become lifeless rocks, even without cataclysmic events, like volcanoes and asteroids. What makes one ecosystem strong and another weak in the face of change? The answer, to a large extent, is biodiversity. […]

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