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What Made Human Brains So Big?

By Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018

Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.

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The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.

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Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times

By Kerry Grens | May 16, 2018

The uncommon hue is present in skinks that aren’t closely related, but the advantage of the odd trait remains anyone’s guess.  

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Image of the Day: Cooking Up Neurons

By The Scientist Staff | May 11, 2018

Using different combinations of transcription factors, researchers create a diverse array of neurons from mouse skin cells.

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Image of the Day: Hold My Brood

By The Scientist Staff | May 9, 2018

Cuckoo catfish trick cichlids into caring for their eggs in a strategy known as brood parasitism.

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Image of the Day: Bird Braincase

By The Scientist Staff | May 4, 2018

Newly discovered fossils shed light on the structure of the feeding apparatus of ancient seabirds.

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A study finds two species of guenon monkeys in Tanzania have been mating and producing fertile offspring for generations.

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The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 

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Book Excerpt from The Power of Rare

By Victoria Jackson and Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018

In chapter 4, “Building a Cure Machine,” author Victoria Jackson reveals the challenges in launching a foundation focused on funding research on a rare disease.

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Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.

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