behavior brief, evolution
Boozing for Better Health
Megan Scudellari | Feb 16, 2012
Fruit flies consume alcohol to kill off parasites.
Opinion: What Is Life?
Edward N. Trifonov | Feb 16, 2012
Designing the simplest possible living organism artificially may lend clues as to what life is.
Darwin Day Celebrations
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 13, 2012
As institutions around the world start celebrations of Darwin Day, New York reveals a digitized catalog of Darwin’s scientific manuscripts.
How the Zebra Got Its Stripes
Jef Akst | Feb 9, 2012
Zebras may have evolved their striped coat to avoid blood-sucking flies.
Peppered Moths Re-examined
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 9, 2012
The textbook example of Darwinian evolution is tested and confirmed.
Indiana’s Creationism Bill a No-Go?
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 6, 2012
Support for legislation that would allow creationism and other religious views to be taught alongside evolution in science classrooms wanes in the state’s House of Representatives.
Indiana Senate Backs Creationism Bill
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 2, 2012
Origin of life theories from a wide range of religions may be taught alongside evolution in the state.
There and Back Again
Sabrina Richards | Feb 1, 2012
A new study estimates the number of generations necessary to evolve from mouse-sized to elephantine, and shows that it’s quicker to get small.
Killing with Kindness
Killing with Kindness
Barbara Oakley, Guruprasad Madhavan, Ariel Knafo, and David Sloan Wilson | Feb 1, 2012
Studying the evolution of altruistic behaviors reveals how knee-jerk good intentions can backfire.
Book Excerpt from Pathological Altruism
Barbara Oakley, Ariel Knafo, and Michael McGrath | Feb 1, 2012
In Chapter 1, editors Barbara Oakley, Ariel Knafo, and Michael McGrath introduce the concept of well-intentioned behaviors that go awry.