learning, evolution, culture
Scientific Elevator Pitches
Scientific Elevator Pitches
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Aug 1, 2014
A number of competitions around the world are challenging young scientists to describe their research in mere minutes.
Reanimated Chickens and Zombie Dogs
Reanimated Chickens and Zombie Dogs
David Casarett | Aug 1, 2014
In praise of weird science at the edge of life
Prepped for the Long Sleep
Prepped for the Long Sleep
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 30, 2014
Hibernation-related proteins are common even in non-hibernating animals, a study shows.
Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers
Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 28, 2014
A feather-covered herbivorous dinosaur offers a surprising perspective on plumage. 
Super Sniffers?
Super Sniffers?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 24, 2014
African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 
Hitting a Climate “Seal”-ing
Hitting a Climate “Seal”-ing
Kate Yandell | Jul 23, 2014
Due to the effects of climate change, female fur seals that successfully breed do so later in life and are more likely to have increased variability within their genomes.
Gut Microbes Detoxify Rat Diets
Gut Microbes Detoxify Rat Diets
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 23, 2014
Foregut microbes in Mojave Desert rats help the animals metabolize creosote toxins.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Tracy Vence | Jul 17, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Sizable Winged Dinosaur Found
Sizable Winged Dinosaur Found
Tracy Vence | Jul 17, 2014
Analysis of an approximately 125 million-year-old fossil found in China creates a new upper limit for microraptor size.
Books on the <em>Beagle</em>
Books on the Beagle
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 17, 2014
An online reconstruction makes the library from Darwin’s famed ship more accessible.