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Species and Sprawl: Humans

Sprawl is affecting Homo sapiens as it does many other species: it alters our habitat, hampers our mobility, and diminishes odds for survival.

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Species and Sprawl: Wood Turtles

See how scientists are using radio telemetry to gain a clearer picture of how much and what kind of space wood turtles need to survive.

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Species and Sprawl: Yellow Starthistle

Seeds can't move by themselves, so they rely on moving things to give them a lift. Discover how cars are taking homespun seed dispersal mechanisms to a new level.

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Species and Sprawl: Mountain Lions

What's the animal-friendly antidote to California's urbanization? Some believe the solution is to make the corridors between disparate patches of wild lands truly useable by many different species.

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Science Stays Alert, Part I: Birds Under Scrutiny

In a handful of cases, humans have contracted H5N1 from birds and then passed the virus to other humans. Even so, doctors and scientists are taking great pains to prepare for the possibility of such a pandemic.

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Diabetes in a Dish: Using Stem Cells to Study Disease

While technological advances are making it easier for the 21 million diabetics in the United States to manage healthy lives, diabetes is still a disease that requires vigilance. See how scientists are using stem cells to find a cure.

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For Educators: The World's Largest Dinosaurs

For 140 million years giant dinosaurs called sauropods roamed Earth. Help students investigate the success of the largest land animals ever with this practical and printable exhibition guide for educators.

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Article: Sloan Sweeps the Sky

Mapping one-quarter of the heavens in three dimensions — that’s the ambitious mission for the Sloan telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. Find out what astronomers have discovered so far.

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Interactive: A Hotspot Trail

Yellowstone National Park lies above a stationary hotspot deep in Earth's mantle. See how previous volcanic eruptions of the hotspot have left a trail of calderas that ends, at the moment, with Yellowstone.

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Biodiversity Science in Vietnam

Vietnam harbors an astonishing range of habitats, from rain forests and dry forests to mangroves and coral reefs. It's also home to an unusually rich array of plants and animals. Find out why.

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