atmospheric microbes, evolution
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Diana Kwon | Jan 20, 2017
Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Diana Kwon | Jan 13, 2017
The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  
Adaptation, Island Style
Adaptation, Island Style
The Scientist Staff | Jan 2, 2017
Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Cordelia Fine | Jan 1, 2017
The public may still believe that male-specific traits, such as high testosterone levels, lead to many of the gender inequalities that exist in society, but science tells a different story.
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 1, 2017
The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Amber Dance | Jan 1, 2017
The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.
Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication
Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 29, 2016
Audio recordings of bats hashing out disputes reveals that their calls are laden with information about identity and intent.
Study: There Are Twice as Many Bird Species as Previously Estimated
Study: There Are Twice as Many Bird Species as Previously Estimated
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 14, 2016
Standard taxonomy lumps together bird species that should be separate, a new study suggests, raising the total number of estimated species from 9,000 to 18,000.
A Tale of Two Tails
A Tale of Two Tails
Joshua A. Krisch | Dec 7, 2016
An analysis of ancient fish fossils suggests that mammalian and fish tails are fundamentally different structures, each with unique evolutionary histories.
Trumping Science: Part II
Trumping Science: Part II
Bob Grant | Dec 6, 2016
As Inauguration Day nears, scientists and science advocates are voicing their unease with the Trump Administration’s potential effects on research.