learning, evolution, culture
Speaking of Sex
Speaking of Sex
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2014
July 2014's selection of notable quotes
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2014
Sex on Earth, Wild Connection, The Classification of Sex, and XL Love
Book Excerpt from <em>Nature’s Nether Regions</em>
Book Excerpt from Nature’s Nether Regions
Menno Schilthuizen | Jul 1, 2014
In Chapter 6, “Bateman Returns,” author Menno Schilthuizen surveys the battlefield of the evolutionary arms race that has led to, among other things, such excesses as “traumatic sex.”
The Sex Paradox
The Sex Paradox
Megan Scudellari | Jul 1, 2014
Birds do it. Bees do it. We do it. But not without a physical, biochemical, and genetic price. How did the costly practice of sex become so commonplace?
Sly Guys
Sly Guys
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2014
Across the animal kingdom, dominance isn’t the only way for a male to score. Colluding, sneaking around, or cross-dressing can work, too.
Omnivore Ancestors?
Omnivore Ancestors?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jun 26, 2014
Fifty-thousand-year-old feces suggest Neanderthals ate both meat and vegetables.
Evolving Antibiotic Tolerance
Evolving Antibiotic Tolerance
Jef Akst | Jun 25, 2014
E. coli repeatedly exposed to ampicillin adapt to stay dormant for longer periods of time—just long enough to outlast the antibiotic treatment.
Review: “What Lies Beneath”
Review: “What Lies Beneath”
Ajai Raj | Jun 23, 2014
An exhibit at the newly opened SciArt Center in New York City showcases work that explores hidden worlds.
Week in Review: June 16–20
Week in Review: June 16–20
Tracy Vence | Jun 20, 2014
Early Neanderthal evolution; developing antivirals to combat polio; the mouth and skin microbiomes; insect-inspired, flight-stabilizing sensors
Skull Collection Helps Explain Early Neanderthal Evolution
Skull Collection Helps Explain Early Neanderthal Evolution
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 19, 2014
An examination of 17 ancient skulls shows that some Neanderthal features arose as far back as 430,000 years ago.