evolution, neuroscience, ecology
Week in Review: October 17–21
Week in Review: October 17–21
Jef Akst | Oct 21, 2016
Report finds that pathologist involved in anonymous defamation case committed multiple acts of misconduct; growing eggs from stem cells; neutrophils’ role in metastasis; convergent evolution in birds
Single-Celled Life Primed to Go Multicellular
Single-Celled Life Primed to Go Multicellular
Bob Grant | Oct 17, 2016
The unicellular ancestor of animals may have harbored some of the molecular tools that its many-celled descendants use to coordinate and direct cell differentiation and function, scientists show.
Deep-Sea Viruses Destroy Archaea
Deep-Sea Viruses Destroy Archaea
Ruth Williams | Oct 12, 2016
Viruses are responsible for the majority of archaea deaths on the deep ocean floors, scientists show.
Nascent Neurons Journey Through Newborn Brain
Nascent Neurons Journey Through Newborn Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 6, 2016
Young cells make their way to the frontal lobe to create new circuits in the brains of infants, researchers report. 
Influential Alzheimer’s Researcher Dies
Influential Alzheimer’s Researcher Dies
Jef Akst | Oct 6, 2016
Allen Roses, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University School of Medicine, has passed away at age 73.
Bigger-Brained Species Have Longer Yawns
Bigger-Brained Species Have Longer Yawns
Kerry Grens | Oct 5, 2016
Yawn duration also correlates with the number of cortical neurons, according to a study.
Zika Infects Adult Monkeys’ Brains
Zika Infects Adult Monkeys’ Brains
Kerry Grens | Oct 5, 2016
A laboratory study finds the virus in the cerebellum in addition to body fluids.
Evidence Lacking for Brain-Training Products
Evidence Lacking for Brain-Training Products
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 4, 2016
A literature review finds little evidence that commercial brain-training games can improve everyday cognitive performance, citing methodological shortcomings.
Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?
Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?
Alison F. Takemura | Oct 1, 2016
Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.
An Evolutionary History
An Evolutionary History
Mary Beth Aberlin | Oct 1, 2016
Celebrating 30 years and a resurrection