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  • Where did hobbits come from?

    According to J.R.R. Tolkien, “The beginning of hobbits lies far back in the Elder Days that are now lost and forgotten.” But what of the origins of the puzzling, meter-tall hominid that walked our own Earth a mere 17,000 years ago? Among scientists, three hypotheses are still in play for how this creature came to live on… Read More
  • Pitcher plant’s pitch a sweet one

    Work being reported today in Biology Letters about pitcher plants would please Charles Darwin. This curious naturalist was so intrigued by carnivorous plants that he wrote a 400-page book, Insectivorous plants, detailing his thoughts and observations on these unusual species. He was fascinated by the similarities in the insect traps of unrelate… Read More