Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape

Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.

Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.

animal behavior, culture
Image of the Day: Painting with Microbes
Image of the Day: Painting with Microbes
Emily Makowski | Nov 22, 2019
See this year’s winners of the American Society for Microbiology’s agar art competition.
Image of the Day: Species-Specific Songs
Image of the Day: Species-Specific Songs
Emily Makowski | Nov 14, 2019
Gene activity is linked to songbirds’ tunes.

Image of the Day: Reprogrammed Ants
Image of the Day: Reprogrammed Ants
Emily Makowski | Nov 13, 2019
Watch soldier ants behave more like foragers after scientists change their gene expression.
Trainees Often Ghostwrite PIs’ Peer Reviews: Survey
Trainees Often Ghostwrite PIs’ Peer Reviews: Survey
Jef Akst | Nov 4, 2019
Half of early-career researchers say they’d participated in the peer review process with their mentors without getting credit.
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019
For centuries, painters and poets have looked to the ocean for insight. Researchers, too, have found their muse in the Earth’s salty realm.
How Interconnected Is Life in the Ocean?
How Interconnected Is Life in the Ocean?
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019
To help create better conservation and management plans, researchers are measuring how marine organisms move between habitats and populations.
Bottlenose Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf of Another Species
Bottlenose Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf of Another Species
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2019
Interspecies adoptions are rare, but it’s not the first time this population of dolphins in French Polynesia has attempted it.
Manta Ray Populations Have Complex Social Structures
Manta Ray Populations Have Complex Social Structures
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019
Reef mantas in Indonesia exhibit social preferences and form distinct social groups.
How Underwater Photography Propels Marine Biology
How Underwater Photography Propels Marine Biology
Richard Smith | Nov 1, 2019
Marine photographers are helping scientists to document the diversity of coral reefs before the imperiled ecosystems disappear.
Fish Biologist Victoria Braithwaite Dies
Fish Biologist Victoria Braithwaite Dies
Catherine Offord | Oct 30, 2019
The Penn State University scientist was known for her work on fish’s perception of pain.
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 25, 2019
Britain’s largest university aims to eliminate single-use plastics, in the lab and elsewhere around campus, by 2024. How exactly the institution plans to meet that goal is yet to be determined.
Book Excerpt from <em>Conscience</em>
Book Excerpt from Conscience
Patricia Churchland | Oct 1, 2019
In the book's introduction, author Patricia Churchland makes the case that human conscience can be explained by examining the biological dynamics of social living.
Opinion: Why Mammalian Brains are Geared Toward Kindness
Opinion: Why Mammalian Brains are Geared Toward Kindness
Patricia Churchland | Oct 1, 2019
Neuroscience is starting to unravel the evolutionary underpinnings of mammals’ selflessness.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2019
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Union Says National Lab in Canada Is a Toxic Workplace
Union Says National Lab in Canada Is a Toxic Workplace
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2019
After a scientist at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg had a mental breakdown that may have contributed to her death in 2016, employees raise red flags about an unhealthy work environment.
Squirrels Listen to Birdsong for Safety Cues
Squirrels Listen to Birdsong for Safety Cues
Emily Makowski | Sep 5, 2019
Eastern gray squirrels appear to ease up on vigilance behavior when the birds sound calm.
Book Excerpt from <em>Pleased to Meet Me</em>
Book Excerpt from Pleased to Meet Me
Bill Sullivan | Sep 1, 2019
In Chapter 6, author Bill Sullivan explains how irrational fears can be passed down through transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.
Can Genetics Explain Human Behavior?
Can Genetics Explain Human Behavior?
Bill Sullivan | Sep 1, 2019
The author of a new book about emerging concepts in human genetics considers the question.
Image of the Day: Spider Sex
Image of the Day: Spider Sex
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 26, 2019
Funnel-web spiders change the timing of their distinct courtship behavior depending on what microbes they’re carrying.