atmospheric microbes, evolution
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.
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.
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.
Missing Link in Malaria Evolution Discovered in Historical Specimens
Missing Link in Malaria Evolution Discovered in Historical Specimens
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 1, 2016
A family’s collection of antique microscope slides became a trove of genetic information about the eradicated European malaria pathogen.
Distantly Related Conifers Share a Surprising Number of Cold-Tolerance Genes
Distantly Related Conifers Share a Surprising Number of Cold-Tolerance Genes
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 1, 2016
Spruce and pine and have relied on similar genetic toolkits for climate adaptation despite millions of years of evolution.
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2016
Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.
The Topography of Teeth
The Topography of Teeth
Bob Grant | Nov 29, 2016
Intricate, digital maps of animals’ teeth, created using the same geographical tools used by mapmakers, may help researchers determine the diets of extinct species.