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1. Find a) a zoology-related article from the NY Times with b) one original scientific article written by the scientists from the NYTimes article, and c) a minimum one- full -page typewritten single space comparison of the NYT, or equivalent news source, article and then how it relates/differs to the actual science paper (a real critique -- not just “there are more numbers and graphs in the science paper”). Do NOT summarize. Minimum 1 page, maximum 2 pages.
2. Focusing on the animal in the paper in part 1, write out the full classification of the animal from kingdom to species. Explain why the animal was classified into each level of classification. Minimum 2 full pages, maximum 5 pages, typewritten, single-space.

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1. The article named: “Life With No Males? These Termites Show That It’s Possible” presents the results from the paper published this year in BMC Biology, named “Loss of males from mixed-sex societies in termites” [1].
The original paper starts with a detailed overview of sexual and asexual colonies in species with similar society organization (honey bee, ants [2, 3]) as termites of species Glyptotermes nakajimai found to have asexual colonies as well. It also gives a methods section with all the details of the procedures taken to find asexual societies and to explain their development. This section covers all parts of the research, starting with termite collection, sexing, analysis of spermatheca, to the genomic studies. Including all the information about the statistical interpretation of the results, method section gives an opportunity to carry the same investigation to prove the results presented. Authors state the locations of animal collection, as well.
In the results section of the original paper, the experiments are presented in chronological order, showing the pathway that led the authors to the discoveries presented. All the experiments are presented with adequate controls and all doubts encountered during the research are mentioned and followed by the solution they applied. This has a purpose of showing the critical way of authors’ interpretation of their results. It is a way of showing the arguments that support the hypothesis they stated. On the other hand, a science-popular article published in NY Times does not follow such a formal structure and chooses a few essential points of the...
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