archaeology, evolution, culture
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Viviane Callier | Apr 24, 2018
Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Rees Kassen | Apr 24, 2018
Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.
How Kidney Cancer Evolves
How Kidney Cancer Evolves
Jim Daley | Apr 18, 2018
Renal cell carcinoma tumors have three different evolutionary fates, each associated with specific clinical outcomes.
Fossilized Brains Called into Question, Might be Microbes
Fossilized Brains Called into Question, Might be Microbes
Abby Olena | Apr 11, 2018
Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.
<em>Homo Sapiens</em> Fossil Pushes Back Date of Human Migration from Africa
Homo Sapiens Fossil Pushes Back Date of Human Migration from Africa
Jim Daley | Apr 9, 2018
An 88,000-year-old finger bone places human ancestors in Arabia earlier than previously believed.
Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies
Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies
Diana Kwon | Apr 5, 2018
The Texas Tech University professor also investigated the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on surrounding wildlife.
Image of the Day: Four Eyes
Image of the Day: Four Eyes
The Scientist Staff | Apr 3, 2018
Ancient monitor lizards had an extra set of “eyes” on top of their heads.
Image of the Day: Original Fin
Image of the Day: Original Fin
The Scientist Staff | Apr 2, 2018
Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.
A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Madness
A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Madness
Barbara Lipska with Elaine McArdle | Apr 1, 2018
After I was diagnosed with brain cancer and started to lose my mental health, the importance of my job came into clear focus.
Scientists in Chile Protest Mummy Study
Scientists in Chile Protest Mummy Study
Jim Daley | Mar 29, 2018
The Chilean government contends that the remains of a mummified fetus, recently sequenced by US researchers, were exhumed illegally.