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Antlers and horns are armament and signals

By Jeff Mitton Antlers or horns adorn many of the species emblematic of the West: bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, elk, moose and pronghorn. In general, antlers and horns serve similar functions: defense against predators, defense of mating territories or harems and to signal information about health to potential mates. But beyond these similarities […]

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Painted milkvetch's curious seedpod

By Jeff Mitton The view is fantastic from the top of the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park. From the east to the north, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains loom over the San Luis Valley. San Juan Mountains form the horizon in the southwest. Intricately sculptured, wind-carved dunes roll in all directions. But after […]

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Bumblebees hug shooting stars

If pressed about the most beautiful of our native flowers, I could not name a single species, but I could come up with a short list and it would certainly include shooting star, Dodecatheon pulchellum.

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Innovations highlight the classrooms of today

Classrooms are obviously the heart of any university. The College of Arts and Sciences is partnering with other units on our campus to upgrade many of our classrooms, creating some of the world’s best places for teaching and learning.

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Chicory's defensive compounds make a tasty hot drink

Compounds that evolve to discourage insect herbivores have caused ranchers, farmers and beverage lovers have moved chicory from continental Europe throughout the world.

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