New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense
A detailed analysis of cryptochrome 4 shows that the protein is highly sensitive to magnetic fields in vitro, but some researchers dispute the authors’ assertion that the findings could help explain avian magnetoreception.
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense

A detailed analysis of cryptochrome 4 shows that the protein is highly sensitive to magnetic fields in vitro, but some researchers dispute the authors’ assertion that the findings could help explain avian magnetoreception.

A detailed analysis of cryptochrome 4 shows that the protein is highly sensitive to magnetic fields in vitro, but some researchers dispute the authors’ assertion that the findings could help explain avian magnetoreception.

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Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | Jun 1, 2021
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
The analysis adds new details to the picture of migration and mixing in a diverse country.
A New Molecular Mechanism for Metastasis
A New Molecular Mechanism for Metastasis
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jul 27, 2020
Download this research summary to learn about functional proteomic adaptations leading to increased metastasis!
Another Ancient Primate Lineage Sailed to South America
Another Ancient Primate Lineage Sailed to South America
Lisa Winter | Apr 10, 2020
A new fossil discovery indicates a second primate group also traversed the Atlantic millions of years ago on a raft of vegetation.
Skulls from the Yucatán Peninsula a Clue to Early American Settlers
Skulls from the Yucatán Peninsula a Clue to Early American Settlers
Alejandra Manjarrez | Apr 7, 2020
The crania of individuals who lived in the Yucatán Peninsula during the late Pleistocene show a high degree of anatomical diversity among them, and their skull shapes differ from that of other North American populations of the time.
Monarchs Covered 53 Percent Less Area in Mexico this Winter
Monarchs Covered 53 Percent Less Area in Mexico this Winter
Ashley Yeager | Mar 16, 2020
The decline in total occupied forest may not equate to an overall loss in butterfly numbers, but scientists are still concerned that their populations are suffering.
Ancient Wheat Genome Reveals Clues to the Agricultural Past
Ancient Wheat Genome Reveals Clues to the Agricultural Past
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2020
A museum sample of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian crop plant yields genomic information that helps researchers track the plant’s domestication and migration.
Image of the Day: Flock in the Night
Image of the Day: Flock in the Night
Amy Schleunes | Feb 19, 2020
The National Weather Service’s radar in Key West captures a spectacular moment in bird migration.
Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Defender Found Dead
Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Defender Found Dead
Ashley Yeager | Jan 30, 2020
Details of Homero Gómez González’s death are not yet known.
Opinion: The Nature of Social Inequalities in Great Britain
Opinion: The Nature of Social Inequalities in Great Britain
Abdel Abdellaoui, Judy Luigjes | Oct 21, 2019
Regional differences in wealth in the UK are tied to genetic variants related to education—and migration is only widening the gap.
Image of the Day: Eel Compass
Image of the Day: Eel Compass
Emily Makowski | Oct 14, 2019
Glass eels form a magnetic memory of their estuaries’ currents in order to migrate.
Ancient DNA Traces History of South Asians
Ancient DNA Traces History of South Asians
Catherine Offord | Sep 6, 2019
Modern-day populations in India descend from a mixture of peoples living thousands of years ago in South and Central Asia, including the Bronze-Age Indus Valley Civilization, two studies reveal.
Bar-Headed Geese Slow Their Metabolism to Soar over Everest
Bar-Headed Geese Slow Their Metabolism to Soar over Everest
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 4, 2019
The birds also decrease their heart rate and chill their blood to maintain flight in hypoxic conditions.
Image of the Day: Photo ID
Image of the Day: Photo ID
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 27, 2019
Marine biologists identify smalleye stingrays using the white spots on their backs.
Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well
Amidst UK Pollinator Declines, Migrant Hoverflies Are Doing Well
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 13, 2019
A decade-long study tallies the numbers of pest-eating, flower-pollinating hoverflies that travel to the UK every year, and illustrates their important ecological roles in southern Britain.
Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
Making Sense of Magnetic Navigation
David Barrie | Jun 1, 2019
A new book about remarkable feats of migration by animals explores the front lines of research into how they do it.
European Eels Strew Their Eggs Across 2,000 Km of Ocean
European Eels Strew Their Eggs Across 2,000 Km of Ocean
Shawna Williams | Apr 23, 2019
The fish continue to spawn over a large area despite a drop in their numbers, a study finds.
Modern Human Activities Muddle Analyses of Prehistoric Migrations
Modern Human Activities Muddle Analyses of Prehistoric Migrations
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 22, 2019
Agriculture and other land uses can distort the levels of an earth mineral marker used to map the origins and movements of ancient humans and animals, a new study finds.
Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2019
The blue lagoons of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin provide a glimpse into the planet’s ancient past.