The Narluga: New Insights from Old Bones
The Narluga: New Insights from Old Bones
DNA analysis of a bizarre, 30-year-old whale skull serves as a reminder of the secrets that museum specimens keep about the natural world.
The Narluga: New Insights from Old Bones
The Narluga: New Insights from Old Bones

DNA analysis of a bizarre, 30-year-old whale skull serves as a reminder of the secrets that museum specimens keep about the natural world.

DNA analysis of a bizarre, 30-year-old whale skull serves as a reminder of the secrets that museum specimens keep about the natural world.

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Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Highly Active Brains
Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Highly Active Brains
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2019
A growing body of evidence supports the theory that neural hyperactivity and hyperconnectivity precede the pathological changes that lead to neurodegeneration.
When Humans Hear Music, Monkeys May Hear Noise
When Humans Hear Music, Monkeys May Hear Noise
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 1, 2019
The auditory cortices of humans and rhesus monkeys respond very differently to harmonic tones.
Time Spent in Nature Is Good for You
Time Spent in Nature Is Good for You
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2019
Research has repeatedly suggested that spending time in natural environments improves mental and physical well-being. Now, scientists are gathering the data needed to incorporate this phenomenon in health-care guidelines.
Genes that Are Harmless on Their Own Cause Disease When Combined
Genes that Are Harmless on Their Own Cause Disease When Combined
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
A case study of a family demonstrates that different genetic mutations from the two parents cause severe heart disease symptoms in the children.
Exploding Stars Probably Didn’t Spur Hominins to Walk Upright
Exploding Stars Probably Didn’t Spur Hominins to Walk Upright
Ashley Yeager | Sep 1, 2019
The astronomical idea doesn’t align well with the fossil record, anthropologists argue, but the origins of bipedalism are still difficult to determine.
How Evolution Made the Highveld Mole Rat Impervious to Ant Stings
How Evolution Made the Highveld Mole Rat Impervious to Ant Stings
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers identify changes to a pain receptor and to an ion channel that appear to enable the rodents to colonize otherwise inhospitable burrows.
Saving the Hellbender, a Giant Salamander Under Threat
Saving the Hellbender, a Giant Salamander Under Threat
Mary Bates | Sep 1, 2019
Populations of the two-foot-long amphibians are declining across North America. Scientists are struggling to find out why, before it’s too late.
Smart Pills Help Monitor Cancer Patients’ Therapy
Smart Pills Help Monitor Cancer Patients’ Therapy
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 15, 2019
Sensors encapsulated with oral chemotherapy drugs help patients and physicians keep track of treatments.
Swamped by Sargassum: The New Normal for Caribbean Beaches
Swamped by Sargassum: The New Normal for Caribbean Beaches
Kerry Grens | Jul 15, 2019
Scientists are pretty sure they know where the seaweed is coming from. Now they want to know why it’s here.