culture, infectious disease, evolution
Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past
Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 24, 2018
A mass extinction event from an asteroid hitting Earth wiped out forests and, concurrently, tree-dwelling birds.  
What Made Human Brains So Big?
What Made Human Brains So Big?
Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018
Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.
Animals’ Embryonic Organizer Now Discovered in Human Cells
Animals’ Embryonic Organizer Now Discovered in Human Cells
Jim Daley | May 23, 2018
The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.
Ebola Update: Funding, Vaccines, and More Deaths in DRC
Ebola Update: Funding, Vaccines, and More Deaths in DRC
Catherine Offord | May 23, 2018
A total of 27 people have died since April, but new funds and the deployment of an experimental vaccine are expected to help contain the virus.
Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India
Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India
Kerry Grens | May 22, 2018
Fruit bats are a reservoir for the disease, which can cause brain damage.
Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times
Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times
Kerry Grens | May 16, 2018
The uncommon hue is present in skinks that aren’t closely related, but the advantage of the odd trait remains anyone’s guess.  
Experimental Ebola Vaccine to be Used in DRC Outbreak
Experimental Ebola Vaccine to be Used in DRC Outbreak
Kerry Grens | May 14, 2018
As the virus spreads in Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization is preparing to immunize people as soon as this week.
Origin of Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Found
Origin of Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Found
Ruth Williams | May 10, 2018
DNA evidence points to Asian amphibians as the source of a fatal disease that has been wiping out frogs across the globe.  
Head of Global Health Security Ousted from White House
Head of Global Health Security Ousted from White House
Shawna Williams | May 10, 2018
The position was eliminated the same week a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Image of the Day: Hold My Brood
Image of the Day: Hold My Brood
The Scientist Staff | May 9, 2018
Cuckoo catfish trick cichlids into caring for their eggs in a strategy known as brood parasitism.