anatomy
Image of the Day: Un-break My Heart
Image of the Day: Un-break My Heart
The Scientist Staff | Aug 8, 2017
A failing heart is easily distinguished from a healthy one by numerous tell-tale signs, including its slender, stretched-out walls, increased size, and pooled blood clots.
Heart’s Backup Pacemaker Mechanisms Identified
Heart’s Backup Pacemaker Mechanisms Identified
Diana Kwon | Jul 28, 2017
The sinoatrial node is home to multiple pacemakers that keep the heart beating if the main one falters.
Little-Known Gut Membrane Should Be Called a New Organ, Researchers Argue
Little-Known Gut Membrane Should Be Called a New Organ, Researchers Argue
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 5, 2017
A new anatomical view of the mesentery, which surrounds the lower abdomen, suggests that it should be considered the human body’s 79th organ.
Why Can’t Macaques Talk Like Humans?
Why Can’t Macaques Talk Like Humans?
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 13, 2016
Anatomical analysis suggests monkeys possess all the hardware for human-like speech, they just lack the neurological capacity to use it.
Neural Network Found That Helps Control Breathing
Neural Network Found That Helps Control Breathing
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2016
The results suggest that breathing is orchestrated by three—rather than two—excitatory circuits in the medulla.
Another Neural Circuit that Controls Breathing Found
Another Neural Circuit that Controls Breathing Found
Catherine Offord | Oct 31, 2016
This third excitatory network helps to regulate postinspiration.
Orchid Bees Use Simple Eyes to Detect Polarized Light
Orchid Bees Use Simple Eyes to Detect Polarized Light
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2016
The second visual field may aid in navigation.
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
Drosophila antennae let the insects seek out moisture levels they like best.
Image of the Day: Golden Eyes
Image of the Day: Golden Eyes
The Scientist Staff | Aug 19, 2016
Compound eyes provide insects such as this robber fly with large fields of vision.
Giraffe in Half
Giraffe in Half
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2016
Watch footage from the public dissection of Marius, the young giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo who was ultimately fed to predators at the facility. (CAUTION: GRAPHIC IMAGES)