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Three different research paths converge on one tuber

An academic convergence has occurred, slowly, in the last 50 years in the Hale Science building on the CU-Boulder campus. Three professors conducted research in various tropical sites, working on the biology, agriculture and uses of manioc.

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Endowments and the future of higher education

Prominent universities rely heavily on endowments to support their many academic missions. Yale University, often cited as an exemplar in terms of success in endowments, operates with an endowment of approximately $20 billion, which probably produces enough annual income to pay tuition for every enrolled student.

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The colors and mating strategies of side-blotched lizards

I saw something unexpected while hiking in Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon — a shaft of light illuminated the severed right forewing of a monarch butterfly. First of all, I was unaware that monarchs migrated over the San Rafael Swell. But once that sunk in, I wondered which predator caught and dismembered the monarch.

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The nasty sting of the velvet ant

A brilliant insect searched through the gravel of Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park, turning over smaller pebbles, thrusting its head into crevices and soft dirt. Its head and legs and ventral side were black, but the dorsal side of the thorax and abdomen were fiery orange.

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Wood frogs freeze in winter, resume activity in spring

By Jeff Mitton On a wintry day, I visited a stand of ponderosa pines, but had to walk briskly to keep warm. Chickadees and nuthatches flitted busily about, harvesting anything they could find. In my managed state of marginal misery, I thought that low temperatures and high winds surely threaten such small birds. I came […]

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