patent, evolution
How Plants Evolved to Eat Meat
How Plants Evolved to Eat Meat
Diana Kwon | Feb 7, 2017
Pitcher plants across different continents acquired their tastes for meat in similar ways.
Earliest Deuterostome Fossils Described
Earliest Deuterostome Fossils Described
Kerry Grens | Jan 31, 2017
These millimeter-size sea creatures lived 540 million years ago.
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Diana Kwon | Jan 20, 2017
Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Diana Kwon | Jan 13, 2017
The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  
Drug Approval Timeline Same as 20 Years Ago
Drug Approval Timeline Same as 20 Years Ago
Kerry Grens | Jan 9, 2017
A report finds that new medications still take about 12 years to go from patent to patient.
Adaptation, Island Style
Adaptation, Island Style
The Scientist Staff | Jan 2, 2017
Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Amber Dance | Jan 1, 2017
The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 1, 2017
The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Cordelia Fine | Jan 1, 2017
The public may still believe that male-specific traits, such as high testosterone levels, lead to many of the gender inequalities that exist in society, but science tells a different story.
Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications
Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 1, 2017
An entire industry has sprung up around resurrecting failed drugs and recycling existing compounds for novel indications.