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Magazine article Science News

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Bat noses Researchers identify and culture a fungus that has been whitening the noses of bats dying during hibernation in the Northeast. The fungus is now a suspect in bat declines (SN Online: 10/30/08).

The big fang All fangs--no matter their size, shape or position--descend from a single evolutionary event, new evidence from snake embryos suggests (SN: 8/16/08, p. 11).

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Vegetarian spider Bagheera kiplingi (shown) could be the first spider discovered to specialize in eating plants. It can exploit a mutualism between acacia trees and their bodyguard ants by stealing the ants' lunch (SN: 8/30/08, p. 13).

Poaching threat lingers Female adult elephants that lost older female relatives to poaching years ago have elevated stress hormones today and fewer babies. Also, poaching is happening at a greater rate today than before the 1989 ivory ban (SN: 11/8/08, p. 5).

Avian airlines A female bar-tailed godwit flew nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand, the longest documented direct bird flight (SN: 11/22/08, p. 14).

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Microsnake Adults of a newly discovered threadsnake from Barbados, Leptotyphlops carlae, average only 100 millimeters in length and could be the world's smallest kind of snake (SN: 8/30/08, p. 12).

Bicoastal Substantial numbers of young Atlantic bluefin tuna from the Mediterranean-based population spend time in waters off the U.S. eastern coast, suggesting that management strategies need to be revisited (SN: 10/25/08, p. …

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