autism spectrum disorder, evolution, cell & molecular biology, ecology
Warm-Blooded Dinos?
Jef Akst | Jun 24, 2011
Evidence that large dinosaurs had body temperatures similar to modern-day mammals suggests they were either endothermic or extremely good at conserving body heat.
Escape Predators, Get Parasites
Jef Akst | Jun 24, 2011
A particular predator defense used by water fleas makes them more susceptible to parasite infections, new research shows.
Mail
The Scientist Staff | Jun 23, 2011
A selection of comments from our readers.
New fungal hiding places
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 23, 2011
Whether it’s in the arctic or a commonplace kitchen appliance, deadly fungal species wait for the right opportunity to strike.
Spit test predicts age
Megan Scudellari | Jun 23, 2011
Scientists accurately determine age based on DNA methylation patterns from saliva samples.
Behavior brief
Jef Akst | Jun 23, 2011
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research.
The cost of flocking
Megan Scudellari | Jun 22, 2011
Flying in a flock comes at a considerable energetic cost for pigeons, raising the question of why they do it.
Bigger spores = badder infection
Jef Akst | Jun 17, 2011
Larger spores of a deadly fungal pathogen cause more virulent infections in mice.
Plant scientists, innovators
Jef Akst | Jun 16, 2011
Fifteen plant biologists are selected to take part in a new initiative in fundamental plant science research.
Gould's bias
Megan Scudellari | Jun 16, 2011
A new study finds that Stephen J. Gould's criticisms of another scientist's data was misplaced, and the eminent biologist and historian succumbed to data bias himself.