OSU study yields a first in fossil research: Seeds sprouting from an amber-encased pine cone
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In his ongoing research of specimens preserved in amber, George Poinar has made the fascinating discovery of a 40 million year old pine cone with embryonic stems emerging from it.

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How the ‘Dune’ science-fiction saga parallels the real science of Oregon’s dunes
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Rebecca Mostow discusses parallels between the science fiction desert planet of Arrakis in the "Dune" novels and sand dune management along the Oregon Coast.

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‘Mystery spider’ stirs curiosity among C.O. residents; biologist provides its identity
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An unusual spider has stirred curiosity in Central Oregon, so NewsChannel 21 reached out to Chris Marshall to find out what it is.

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Oregon State fossil research leads to first description of grass in Baltic amber
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George Poinar has made the first identification of grass in fossilized tree resin from the Baltic region.

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Ocean hypoxia off Pacific Northwest coast more troubling than ever, experts say
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According to Francis Chan and collaborators, hypoxia off the Pacific Northwest coast is as bad as it's been at any point in 2021.

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Creativity, research and activism intersect for Martin-O’Neill fellow
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Congratulations to Bryan Lynn on receiving the 2020-21 Larry W. Martin & Joyce B. O’Neill Endowed Fellowship for his work using mathematical modeling to investigate the evolution of cooperation, using bacteria as his subjects. Learn more about his journey to becoming a grad student.

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Low-flow research on Colorado River sheds light on eventual new normal for Grand Canyon
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Dave Lytle, Angelika Kurthen and Jared Freedman teamed up with the USGS to monitor invertebrates and help track stream health.

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Ancient, newly identified 'mammoth weevil' used huge 'trunk' to fight for mates
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George Poinar has once again identified a new species trapped in amber. This 100-million-year-old weevil is unlike any other known fossilized or living weevil.

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Ant trapped in ancient amber with parasitic mushroom stuck in its butt
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George Poinar has discovered an ancient ant in a strange predicament.

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Class of 2021: Who was there for you?
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Watch this awesome video produced by the OSU Alumni Association, which features several graduating seniors reflecting on the most influential people in their journey to graduation. Among them are Justice Zito, biology '21, and Patrick Callagy, biology '21. 

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