human evolution, cell & molecular biology, neuroscience, culture
Why People Lost Their Fur
Ruth Williams | Dec 12, 2011
The need for ancient humans to keep cool during the day might explain their lack of body hair but not why they walked on two feet.
Bad News for hESC Funding?
Jef Akst | Dec 12, 2011
Some are worried that the judges scheduled to hear arguments on the legality of federal support for human embryonic stem cell research will rule against stem cell funding.
The Comfort Food Drug
Cristina Luiggi | Dec 9, 2011
Researchers found that stress eating can blunt the body’s stress response.
News from Cell
Cristina Luiggi | Dec 9, 2011
Some of the highlights from this year’s American Society for Cell Biology meeting, held earlier this week
EU Alliance Rejects hESC Ruling
Jef Akst | Dec 9, 2011
A powerful consortium of research organizations in Europe speaks out against a recent ruling to ban patenting of research on human embryonic stem cells.
How Bees Choose Home
Tia Ghose | Dec 8, 2011
For honeybees, there’s no place like home. And every year, they must find a new one. Now, a study publishing today (December 8) in Science suggests that the honeybee swarms use inhibitory signals when house-hunting, paralleling the human brain’s decision-making process.
Yawns More Contagious Among Friends
Jef Akst | Dec 7, 2011
People who are emotionally connected are more likely to catch the yawns from one another.
Reversing Cocaine’s Effects with Light
Ruth Williams | Dec 7, 2011
Researchers use optogenetics to reverse drug-induced brain and behavioral changes.
Arsenic Bug's Genome Sequenced
Bob Grant | Dec 7, 2011
Researchers have mapped out the DNA of what some scientists claim to be an arsenic loving bacterium.
The Complex Tissue Shop
Cristina Luiggi | Dec 7, 2011
Over the past decade, researchers at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan have generated complex tissues, including mouse retinas and Purkinje cells (a type of neuron) that integrated appropriately into the mouse fetal brain.