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Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Embryonic Evolution Through Ernst Haeckel’s Eyes
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.
Why I Had My Sense of Flavor Genotyped
Why I Had My Sense of Flavor Genotyped
Bob Holmes | May 1, 2017
One person’s quest to get to the bottom of the unique way he experiences food
Book Excerpt from <em>Flavor</em>
Book Excerpt from Flavor
Bob Holmes | Apr 30, 2017
Author Bob Holmes dove into the taste-determining realm of his genome.
Image of the Day: Social Drinking
Image of the Day: Social Drinking
The Scientist Staff | Apr 27, 2017
Drunken crayfish will roll on their backs and enthusiastically perform tail flips in their tanks. The animals are more likely to display they behaviors after spending time in a social environment compared with an isolated one.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2017
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Migratory Eels Use Magnetoreception
Migratory Eels Use Magnetoreception
Kerry Grens | Apr 14, 2017
In laboratory experiments that simulated oceanic conditions, the fish responded to magnetic fields, a sensory input that may aid migration.
A History of Screening for Natural Products to Fight Cancer
A History of Screening for Natural Products to Fight Cancer
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2017
In the middle of the 20th century, the National Cancer Institute began testing plant extracts for chemotherapeutic potential—helping to discover some drugs still in use today.
Singing Through Tone Deafness
Singing Through Tone Deafness
The Scientist Staff | Mar 16, 2017
Author Tim Falconer didn't take his congenital amusia lying down. With the help of neuroscientists and vocal coaches, he tried to teach himself to sing against all odds.
Mice Experience Contagious Itching, Too
Mice Experience Contagious Itching, Too
Diana Kwon | Mar 12, 2017
Scientists uncover the neural circuity underlying a contagious behavior in mice.
Bumblebees Detect One Another's Smelly Footprints
Bumblebees Detect One Another's Smelly Footprints
Diana Kwon | Mar 8, 2017
Scents left behind by bumblebees may help them remember recently visited flowers.