The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds

Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.

Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.

animal behavior
Image of the Day: Shark Fitbits
Image of the Day: Shark Fitbits
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 28, 2019
To track the behavior of blacktip sharks, researchers are equipping them with radios and satellite sensors.
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
The Mirror Test Peers Into the Workings of Animal Minds
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 21, 2019
Nearly 50 years after its development, only a handful of creatures have passed the self-awareness exam. A new attempt with fish highlights a debate over the test’s use and meaning.
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Jess Romeo | Feb 14, 2019
Researchers record neurological changes in a region called the mushroom body in the brains of bees completing a maze in a virtual environment.
Image of the Day: Nor Any Drop to Drink
Image of the Day: Nor Any Drop to Drink
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 12, 2019
Sea snakes wait in thirst for “lenses” of freshwater forming on the surface of the ocean after a heavy rain.
Image of the Day: Light Show
Image of the Day: Light Show
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 7, 2019
Sea fireflies spew a mucus with a chemical glow to lure mates and avoid being eaten.
Image of the Day: Prickly Legs
Image of the Day: Prickly Legs
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 5, 2019
Froghopper insects gain traction on smooth plant leaves by piercing them with tiny spikes.
<em>The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018<em>The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018
The Scientist’s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018
Jef Akst | Dec 21, 2018
From cellular self-digestion to the effects of exercise on the brain, our features editor picks her favorite art custom-made for the magazine.
Image of the Day: Geckos on the Run
Image of the Day: Geckos on the Run
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 7, 2018
Surface slapping and side-to-side swinging let geckos sprint across water.
Image of the Day: Beetle Fight
Image of the Day: Beetle Fight
Jef Akst | Dec 3, 2018
The exaggerated horns and elongated forelegs of male flower beetles, which use these appendages as weapons in combat for females, do not slow down the insects in a race.
How One Wild Dolphin&rsquo;s Trick Became a Fad
How One Wild Dolphin’s Trick Became a Fad
Ashley Yeager | Dec 1, 2018
After release from rehab, bottlenose Billie started walking on water with her tail. Studying how the behavior spread could offer clues about how animals learn from each other.