neuroscience, microbiology, culture
Animal Magnetism
Animal Magnetism
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2016
A photosensitive protein behind the retinas of cockroaches plays a role in light-dependent, directional magnetosensitivity.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2016
May 2016's selection of notable quotes
Book Excerpt from <em>Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?</em>
Book Excerpt from Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Frans de Waal | May 1, 2016
In the book's prologue, author Frans de Waal considers the intellectual impediments to studying animal intelligence.
The Zombie Literature
The Zombie Literature
Bob Grant | May 1, 2016
Retractions are on the rise. But reams of flawed research papers persist in the scientific literature. Is it time to change the way papers are published?
To Each Animal Its Own Cognition
To Each Animal Its Own Cognition
Frans de Waal | May 1, 2016
The study of nonhuman intelligence is coming into its own as researchers realize the unique contexts in which distinct species learn and behave.
Microbial Ice-Makers
Microbial Ice-Makers
Jef Akst | Apr 26, 2016
How one bacterium turns water into ice at nonfreezing temperatures
Psychedelic Neuroimaging
Psychedelic Neuroimaging
Ruth Williams | Apr 13, 2016
“Ego dissolution,” and other things that happen to the human brain on LSD
Branching Out
Branching Out
Ashley P. Taylor | Apr 11, 2016
Researchers create a new tree of life, largely composed of mystery bacteria.
Microglia Tamp Down Neurogenesis
Microglia Tamp Down Neurogenesis
Kerry Grens | Apr 7, 2016
The immune cells—known for clearing dead cells—also chew up live progenitors in neurogenic regions of mouse brains. 
Toward Predicting Personalized Neural Responses
Toward Predicting Personalized Neural Responses
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 7, 2016
Analyzing resting brain scans, researchers can anticipate the brain activities of a person performing a range of tasks.