evolution, developmental biology
Losing Languages
Losing Languages
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 4, 2014
Biological criteria and evolutionary models help predict threats to spoken language, according to two studies.
Head Scratchers
Head Scratchers
Mary Beth Aberlin | Sep 1, 2014
Many natural phenomena elude our understanding.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2014
September 2014's selection of notable quotes
Precisely Placed
Precisely Placed
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 1, 2014
Vein patterns in the wings of developing fruit flies never vary by more than the width of a single cell.
A Long Line of LINEs
A Long Line of LINEs
Kate Yandell | Sep 1, 2014
Different mechanisms repress mobile DNA elements in human embryonic stem cells depending on the elements’ evolutionary ages.
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?
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.
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.
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.