cell and molecular biology, evolution, ecology
Six-Legged Syringes
Six-Legged Syringes
Yao-Hua Law | Sep 1, 2014
Researchers whose work requires that they draw blood from wild animals are finding unlikely collaborators in biting insects.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2014
September 2014's selection of notable quotes
Head Scratchers
Head Scratchers
Mary Beth Aberlin | Sep 1, 2014
Many natural phenomena elude our understanding.
Splitting Hairs
Splitting Hairs
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 1, 2014
Fragments of mitochondrial DNA from deer hair found on the clothing of an ice-entombed mummy offer a glimpse into Copper Age ecology.
Beyond the Blueprint
Beyond the Blueprint
Jennifer A. Schweitzer, Mark A. Genung, Joseph K. Bailey | Sep 1, 2014
In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.
On the Other Hand
On the Other Hand
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2014
Handedness, a conspicuous but enigmatic human trait, may be shared by other animals. What does it mean for evolution and brain function?
Walking Fish Model Evolution
Walking Fish Model Evolution
Bob Grant | Aug 28, 2014
Raising a semi-terrestrial species on land highlights the role of developmental plasticity in the evolutionary transition from water to land.
Chimps Empath-eyes?
Chimps Empath-eyes?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 25, 2014
Chimpanzees may reinforce social bonds by involuntarily mimicking a fellow chimp’s pupil size.
Subglacial Ecosystem
Subglacial Ecosystem
Jef Akst | Aug 22, 2014
Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.
How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar
How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar
Ruth Williams | Aug 21, 2014
Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods.