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Why no poop in garden?

February 15, 2013

A visit to a shaman’s garden prompts an unexpected warning about the tobacco plant spirit’s ability to do away with disrespectful visitors.


Do objects have an occult life?

February 08, 2013

In the Peruvian Amazon, a Smithsonian anthropologist learns that Yanesha people believe that certain personal objects become part of a person’s being.


Fire fuels invasive grass

October 19, 2012

Panama’s infamous canal grass rises from the ashes of fire much faster than trees, complicating reforestation efforts.


What is merdigery?

September 28, 2012

Some beetles have a rather inventive, if unsavory, way of fending off predators.


Do pests keep rare tree species from becoming common?

July 15, 2012

A five-year, $2-million grant will help test the hypothesis that rare trees are more susceptible to pathogens than common trees on Barro Colorado Island.


Is there an evolutionary point of no return?

April 27, 2012

A Chilean sea snail appears to have tried two forms of development and decided to turn back before it was too late.


Presenting hidden biodiversity

February 10, 2012

An activity book for kids looks at the world of the smallest plants.


Distant relatives become new species

January 13, 2012

A five-million-year-old urchin ancestor gave rise to two common lineages of sea urchins found today on either side of the Isthmus of Panama, according to new research by a Smithsonian scientist.

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