ecology, evolution, immunology
Octophilosophy
Katherine Bagley | Sep 1, 2011
When it comes to studying cephalopod brains and behavior, it helps to have a philosopher around.
The Cytokine Cycle
The Cytokine Cycle
W. Sue T. Griffin | Sep 1, 2011
The initiating cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown. However, from our studies it’s clear that many types of neuronal damage—­­from traumatic brain injury, to epilepsy, infection, or genetic predisposition—­can activate brain immune cells—microglia and astrocytes-- promoting them to produce IL-1 and S100 inflammatory cytokines.
What Price Kindness?
Oren Harman | Sep 1, 2011
Exposing the life and work of a visionary and troubled scientist opens a window onto the evolution of altruism.
Piggyback Pathogen
Jessica P. Johnson | Sep 1, 2011
Editor’s Choice in Immunology
Blood’s Role in the Aging Brain
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 31, 2011
A blood protein involved in allergy contributes to the decline in brain function and memory in aging mice.
Hiding Under a Cap
Richard P. Grant | Aug 30, 2011
Editor's Choice in Immunology
Top 7 in Evolutionary Biology
Jef Akst | Aug 29, 2011
A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in evolutionary biology, from Faculty of 1000
Bird Braves Irene
Bob Grant | Aug 29, 2011
A shorebird flies into the teeth of the massive hurricane that hit the US East Coast…and lives to tell about it.
Bug Fest 2011
Bug Fest 2011
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 25, 2011
Earlier this month (August 13-14) thousands of children and bug-loving adults descended on the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where all manner of insect—dead, alive, and deep fried—were on display to be looked at, touched and, yes...eaten.
Beetle Mania
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 25, 2011
Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences was crawling with bugs, and The Scientist went down to join in the fun.