autism, evolution
Slumber Numbers
Slumber Numbers
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2016
Ideas abound for why some animal species sleep so much more than others, but definitive data are elusive.
What Lies Sleeping
What Lies Sleeping
Philippe Mourrain | Mar 1, 2016
Why can science still not define this most basic biological process?
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2016
Herding Hemingway's Cats, Hair: A Human History, Restless Creatures, and The Mind Club
Who Sleeps?
Who Sleeps?
The Scientist Staff, Jerome Siegel | Mar 1, 2016
Once believed to be unique to birds and mammals, sleep is found across the metazoan kingdom. Some animals, it seems, can’t live without it, though no one knows exactly why.
Week in Review: February 22–26
Week in Review: February 22–26
Jef Akst | Feb 26, 2016
Questions about how E. coli evolves; spermatids in a dish; fighting bacteria with virus-like molecule; what drives metastasis; antibodies fight Ebola in monkeys
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Similar Data, Different Conclusions
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 23, 2016
By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.
More Mini Brains
More Mini Brains
Jef Akst | Feb 17, 2016
Simple versions of brain organoids could serve as new models for testing the effects of drugs, researchers reported at this year’s AAAS meeting. 
Chat With Charlie
Chat With Charlie
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2016
See a preview of the app that lets you ask questions of a virtual Charles Darwin.
Fighting Back
Fighting Back
Mary Beth Aberlin | Feb 1, 2016
Plants can’t run away from attackers, so they’ve evolved unique immune defenses to protect themselves.
iDarwin
iDarwin
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2016
A synthetic interview with the father of evolutionary theory, now available as a smartphone app, teaches students and the public about the famed biologist.