behavior, books, culture
U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO
U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO
Catherine Offord | Oct 12, 2017
The decision to leave the United Nations’ educational, scientific, and cultural agency was spurred by what American officials say is the organization’s anti-Israel bias and lack of commitment to reform.
Image of the Day: Lab-Grown Brain
Image of the Day: Lab-Grown Brain
The Scientist Staff | Oct 12, 2017
Scientists grew organoids that mimic human fetal brains and infected them with the Zika virus to model its neurological effects.
Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac
Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2017
Female plant bugs produce a compound to counter males’ attempts to render the females unattractive to other mates.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2017
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Watch This Biofilm
Watch This Biofilm
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.
Book Excerpt from <em>Rise of the Necrofauna</em>
Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna
Britt Wray | Sep 30, 2017
In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2017
The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.
The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf
The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf
Mary Bates | Sep 22, 2017
In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.
Sexual Touch Promotes Early Puberty
Sexual Touch Promotes Early Puberty
Ruth Williams | Sep 21, 2017
The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.
Mars Simulation Concludes
Mars Simulation Concludes
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 18, 2017
Researchers in a psychology experiment emerge from eight months of isolation in a dome atop a Hawaiian mountaintop.