anatomy
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)
Cortical Census
Cortical Census
Ruth Williams | Nov 26, 2015
Scientists document the characteristics and connections of mouse neocortical neurons to establish the most detailed microcircuit map to date.
Rethinking the Rise of Mammals
Rethinking the Rise of Mammals
Bobby Bascomb | Nov 16, 2015
Mammals diversified 30 million years later than previously estimated, according to a new analysis of an ancient fossil.