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Love in the Scientific Literature
Love in the Scientific Literature
Cassandra Willyard | Feb 12, 2018
There are countless ways for scientists to say, “I love you.” Naming a slime-mold beetle after your wife (and another after your ex-wife) is, apparently, one of them.  
Study: Facial Cues Indicate Sickness
Study: Facial Cues Indicate Sickness
Diana Kwon | Jan 4, 2018
Pale skin and hanging eyelids are tell-tale signs of apparent illness.
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018
The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Ruth Williams | Dec 31, 2017
The instrument presents a new option for researchers working on large-scale fly behavior studies.
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Abby Olena | Dec 19, 2017
Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 
Image of the Day: Right Whale or Left Whale?
Image of the Day: Right Whale or Left Whale?
The Scientist Staff | Dec 11, 2017
Scientists examine lateralized behaviors in blue whales.
Image of the Day: Red Alert
Image of the Day: Red Alert
The Scientist Staff | Nov 9, 2017
Researchers unveil the neural basis of alertness in larval zebrafish.   
Image of the Day: Fish Eye Lens
Image of the Day: Fish Eye Lens
The Scientist Staff | Nov 1, 2017
Researchers develop a new method to highlight specific cells that reside in the lens of a zebrafish.
Lighting Up Monkey Brains
Lighting Up Monkey Brains
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Nov 1, 2017
Optogenetic and chemogenetic tools illuminate brain and behavior connections in nonhuman primates.
Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation
Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 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.