cognition, ecology
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.
Largest and Smallest Animals at Highest Risk of Extinction, Study Finds
Largest and Smallest Animals at Highest Risk of Extinction, Study Finds
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 19, 2017
Researchers recommend greater conservation efforts toward non-mammals and small creatures.
Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?
Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?
Bob Grant | Sep 14, 2017
Researchers are trying to recreate an extinct species of the lumbering reptiles by breeding closely related species that contain traces of the lost lineage’s DNA.
Studies: Ketogenic Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives
Studies: Ketogenic Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives
Bob Grant | Sep 5, 2017
High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets are shown to increase lifespan and preserve memory in two independent mouse experiments.
Bees Live the City Life in Detroit
Bees Live the City Life in Detroit
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2017
Important pollinators under threat from habitat destruction, bumblebees may find refuge on vacant land throughout Michigan’s largest metropolis.
City Bees
City Bees
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017
See the urban landscapes in Detroit where researchers are studying the fates of pollinators that adopt a metropolitan lifestyle.
Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands
Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands
Siddharth Narayan, Michael W. Beck | Aug 31, 2017
Conservationists and the insurance industry team up to model the economic benefits of marshes during hurricanes.
Researchers Advised to Remove Climate Change Language
Researchers Advised to Remove Climate Change Language
Catherine Offord | Aug 29, 2017
The Department of Energy requested that scientists reword grant proposals to be more in line with the White House’s agenda on climate research.
Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse
Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse
Kerry Grens | Aug 18, 2017
At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.