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Collecting Arthropod Specimens

What's the best way to catch an arthropod in the field—aerial netting, beating, or pitfall trapping? Actually, the answer is choosing the right collection method for your site's terrain and specimens.

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Maintaining an Arthropod Collection

Because dragonfly wings tend to lose their iridescence soon after they are killed, hazardous chemicals are sometimes used to "fix" the colors before they fade. But there are safer alternatives.

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Sorting Arthropods for Identification

Identifying arthropods is a challenge—even for someone who spends his days identifying Australian ground spiders at the museum. Get tips for making the sorting process easier.

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Investigating Plant-Arthropod Interactions

In her search for answers, this doctoral candidate mostly came up with more questions—a result that made her happy. Learn why she thinks the best part of discovery is following a trail of questions.

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Saving El Imposible: A Biodiversity Puzzle

Journey to El Salvador for a visit to El Imposible, where you have to go on horseback or foot to see the entire forest. This national park has been called the "Jewel of Central America."

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Essay: Will Dark Energy Please Come to Light?

Two teams working independently in 1998 came to the same conclusion: An invisible force, one that seems to act opposite gravity, is separating the matter in space at an increasing pace. Find out more about their “jaw-dropping” discovery.

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Essay: Waiting for Gravity at LIGO

If LIGO regularly registers gravitational waves, it will more than vindicate Einstein. The observatory may help answer pressing questions about the cosmos’s biggest mysteries, among them black holes, dark matter, and the Big Bang.

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Essay: A Rogue's Gallery of Gravity-Makers

Anything with an accelerating mass has a gravitational effect — an atomic bomb, a spinning aircraft carrier, even you. Learn more about these ripples in space and how LIGO is designed to capture the biggest gravitational waves.

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Essay: LIGO's Extended Family

LIGO, or the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, is just one of five large-scale gravitational-wave detectors in the world. Find out how they rely on each other to achieve their goals.

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Essay: Capturing Phantoms: Gamma-Ray Bursts

Our eyes can only detect a fraction of light in the electromagnetic spectrum — otherwise we’d see gamma-ray bursts, flashes that outshine the sun by a million trillion times, about once a day. Learn more.

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