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Op-ed: Our Contaminated World

Op-ed: Our Contaminated World

Biologists David Crews and Andrea Gore argue that it's time for us to face the fact that our world is contaminated by chemicals, and we're contaminated as well.

Biologist Lawrence Gilbert Named 2012 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Biologist Lawrence Gilbert Named 2012 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Gilbert recognized for his lifetime of research on the co-evolution of insects and plants, population dynamics, chemical and behavioral ecology, and evolution of novel wing patterns in butterflies.

Damselflies and Their Technicolor Dream Coats

Damselflies and Their Technicolor Dream Coats

The Bio Musings video series covers the damselfly research of biology grad student Eben Gering.

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

An international team of scientists has found that Ecuador's Yasuní National Park, which sits on top of massive reserves of oil, is in the single most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere.

Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher

Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher

Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin.
Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly A Hybrid Species Of Two Other Swallowtails

Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly A Hybrid Species Of Two Other Swallowtails

Flitting among the cool slopes of the Appalachian Mountains is a tiger swallowtail butterfly species that evolved when two other species of swallowtails hybridized long ago, a rarity in the animal world, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University have found.

Lawn of Native Grasses Beats Traditional Lawn for Lushness and Weed Resistance

Lawn of Native Grasses Beats Traditional Lawn for Lushness and Weed Resistance

A lawn of regionally native grasses would take less resources to maintain while providing as lush a carpet as a common turfgrass.

Females Can Place Limits on Evolution of Attractive Features in Males, Research Shows

Females Can Place Limits on Evolution of Attractive Features in Males, Research Shows

How melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time can be limited by the cognitive abilities of females.
Border Fences Pose Threats to Wildlife on U.S.-Mexico Border, Study Shows

Border Fences Pose Threats to Wildlife on U.S.-Mexico Border, Study Shows

Current and proposed border fences pose significant threats to wildlife populations, with those animals living in border regions along the Texas Gulf and California coasts showing some of the greatest vulnerability.

Biology Student Awarded Truman Scholarship To Support Graduate Study in Public Health

Allen was recognized by the selection committee for her research on seasonal and pandemic influenza, which she conducted while interning over two summers at the National Institutes of Health.

In Poison Frogs, the More Toxic, the More Physically Fit

The most toxic, brightly colored members of the poison frog family may also be the best athletes, says a new study.

When Climate Change Isn't the Only Answer

Climate change might not be to blame for all cases of species - like pollinators and the flowers that depend on them - being out of sync.

Think Globally, But Act Locally When Studying Plants, Animals, Global Warming, Researchers Advise

Global warming is clearly affecting plants and animals, but we should not try to tease apart the specific contribution of greenhouse gas driven climate change to extinctions or declines of species.

When the Blind Can See Like Bats

Bat biologist George Pollak discusses human echolocation and the ways in which bats and people are surprisingly similar.

Evolution in Action

Dr. Larry Gilbert appears in this Science Nation video describing his research on speciation in butterflies.