extinct species, neuroscience, genetics & genomics, culture
Best Places Surveys Are Closed
Jef Akst | Oct 25, 2011
The Scientist's 2012 Best Places to Work surveys have closed.
Mom's Blood Reveals Baby's Down Syndrome
Jef Akst | Oct 25, 2011
Last week researchers released the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome, and more such tests are expected in the coming months.
Orangutans Have Culture
Bob Grant | Oct 25, 2011
A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.
Science and Engineering Grads in Demand
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 25, 2011
Training in technical fields opens up opportunities in many non-science careers, explaining, in part, why many science grads don't stay in science.
Climate Change Not Exaggerated
Jef Akst | Oct 21, 2011
A study funded by climate change skeptics confirms that global warming is happening at the rate questioned by "Climategate."
Protection for Big-Screen Virus
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 19, 2011
Researchers find an antibody that may protect against a virus similar to the one featured in the movie Contagion.
New Genes, New Brain
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 19, 2011
A bevy of genes known to be active during human fetal and infant development first appeared at the same time that the prefrontal cortex—the area of the brain associated with human intelligence and personality—took shape in primates.
Cuts to US Science Loom
Bob Grant | Oct 19, 2011
As Congress prepares a strategy to trim the national deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next decade, legislators suggest cuts to government research.
Brain Structure Linked to Facebook
Jef Akst | Oct 18, 2011
The number of friends one has on Facebook correlates with the size of certain brain regions—and the number of friends made in real life.
NIH Grants Funding Drops
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2011
The success rate of the government agency's grant applications has hit an all-time low.