federal funding, developmental biology, evolution, culture
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.
We're Back
Bob Grant | Oct 17, 2011
The Scientist is back in business and will continue to bring you the latest news and greatest developments in the life sciences.
Behavior Brief
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2011
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Floods Threaten Thai Innovation Hub
Bob Grant | Oct 17, 2011
A campus housing several national research institutes and private companies braces for rising waters in the Southeast Asian country.
Cellular Origins of Giant Viruses?
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 16, 2011
The largest virus to be sequenced prompts researchers to consider whether giant viruses were once full-fledged living organisms.
Climate-Shaped Arabidopsis Genome
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2011
Two genome-wide studies, backed up by field experiments, identify SNPs that correlate with Arabidopsis fitness in various climates.
New Journal Ratings Questioned
Bob Grant | Oct 5, 2011
A new system of ranking scientific journals irks some metrics experts.