neurodegenerative diseases, ecology, evolution
Dogs Originated in Central Asia
Dogs Originated in Central Asia
Karen Zusi | Oct 21, 2015
Man’s best friend was domesticated near Nepal and Mongolia at least 15,000 years ago, according to a genetic analysis.
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2015
A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.
Buzzed Honeybees
Buzzed Honeybees
Karen Zusi | Oct 20, 2015
Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.
New Hope for Alzheimer’s Blood Test
New Hope for Alzheimer’s Blood Test
Jef Akst | Oct 19, 2015
Using autoantibodies as biomarkers, researchers could soon identify people at the highest risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases much earlier than existing methods.
One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened
One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened
Karen Zusi | Oct 6, 2015
A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.
Formaldehyde Fears
Formaldehyde Fears
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Data on the links between ALS and the chemical have been contradictory, but the latest study suggests undertakers are at risk.
Undertaker's Bane
Undertaker's Bane
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2015
Harvard Professor Marc Weisskopf discusses the potential link between formaldehyde and ALS.
Brain Gain
Brain Gain
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Young neurons in the adult human brain are likely critical to its function.
Endogenous Retrovirus Active in ALS
Endogenous Retrovirus Active in ALS
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2015
Researchers uncover evidence that a retrovirus embedded within the human genome may play a role in the pathology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Polar Dino Discovered
Polar Dino Discovered
Bob Grant | Sep 28, 2015
Researchers working in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, have unearthed the northernmost species of dinosaur ever found.