First Vertebrates Evolved in Shallow Water
First Vertebrates Evolved in Shallow Water
Fish stuck to coastal habitats for nearly 100 million years after they first appeared.
First Vertebrates Evolved in Shallow Water
First Vertebrates Evolved in Shallow Water

Fish stuck to coastal habitats for nearly 100 million years after they first appeared.

Fish stuck to coastal habitats for nearly 100 million years after they first appeared.

DNA evidence, culture, evolution
Human Birth Canal Varies More Widely than Previously Thought
Human Birth Canal Varies More Widely than Previously Thought
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 24, 2018
The pelvic bones of women have been shaped more by random evolution than by natural selection, a new study finds.
Taller People More Prone to Cancer
Taller People More Prone to Cancer
Abby Olena | Oct 24, 2018
The increased risk is slight, but aligns with a longstanding hypothesis that having more cells in one’s body leads to more chances for those cells to become cancerous.
Image of the Day: New Tiny Frog
Image of the Day: New Tiny Frog
Jef Akst | Oct 23, 2018
A newly described amphibian has such a small range in southern Brazil that it’s already critically endangered.
Image of the Day: Hearing Aid
Image of the Day: Hearing Aid
Catherine Offord | Oct 18, 2018
A swollen wing vein helps butterflies detect low-frequency sounds.
Book Excerpt from <em>Adventures in Memory</em>
Book Excerpt from Adventures in Memory
Hilde Østby, Ylva Østby | Oct 16, 2018
In Chapter 6, “The Elephant’s Graveyard,” authors Hilde Østby and Ylva Østby discuss groundbreaking research into the psychology of forgetting.
Image of the Day: Swish Swish
Image of the Day: Swish Swish
Kerry Grens | Oct 16, 2018
Animals’ tails swat away insects using both wind and whack.
Neanderthal Genes Likely Helped <em>Homo sapiens</em> Resist Illness
Neanderthal Genes Likely Helped Homo sapiens Resist Illness
Shawna Williams | Oct 4, 2018
Modern humans retain DNA sequences from Neanderthals related to fighting off RNA-based viruses.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Why Forgetting Is a Critical Part of Remembering
Why Forgetting Is a Critical Part of Remembering
Hilde Østby, Ylva Østby | Oct 1, 2018
The Østby sisters, one a neuroscientist and the other a writer, explore the uncharted territory of memory in their new book.