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Humans drive evolution of conch size

March 21, 2014

Thousands of years of hunting has turned a substantial meal into a bite-sized snack.


GMO soybean pollen may threaten Mexican honey exports

February 14, 2014

Researchers find genetically modified pollen from soybeans in otherwise GMO-free Mexican honey.


Greenhouse “time machine” sheds light on corn domestication

February 07, 2014

Lower atmospheric carbon and cooler temperatures may have contributed to the domestication of corn, a new study shows.


How do fig trees punish cheaters?

January 24, 2014

The tiny female fig wasp carries a huge burden but cutting corners may not be worth the risk.


Species invasion through Panama Canal? Pacific jingle shell found in Caribbean

January 24, 2014

Scientists first discovered the shiny sea critter in 2009. Genetic testing suggested it crossed the canal on more than one occasion.


Risky ripples: frog’s love song may summon kiss of death

January 24, 2014

Things just got worse for male túngara frogs who beckon frog-eating bats with their mating calls. Now it appears that the ripples they make also attract hungry bats.


Scientists question hydrological model for Panama Canal Watershed

January 17, 2014

A new model suggests reforestation could be detrimental to water resources in the Panama Canal. Smithsonian scientists warn of flawed methodology and emphasize case for long-term monitoring.


Hacking the wood wide web

January 10, 2014

A disrupted mutualism sheds light on the dark web underneath the forest floor.


Rainforest rodents risk their lives to eat

January 10, 2014

Late to bed or early to rise, a forest rodent’s increases its chances of demise.


Tropical rainforests in danger of losing tree diversity

December 13, 2013

Short-lived tropical forests only sustain about half of the tree biodiversity of mature forests, according to a new study in the Panama Canal Watershed.

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