physiology, neuroscience, evolution
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2012
January 2012's selection of notable quotes
Anthropomorphism: A Peculiar Institution
Marlene Zuk | Jan 1, 2012
Should we rethink the parallel drawn between “slave-making” ants and human slavery, and other such oversimplifications of animal behavior?
Magnetic Swimmers Cultured
Tia Ghose | Dec 22, 2011
For the first time, researchers culture a bacteria that uses a magnetic sulfide compound to navigate.
Unsilencing a Gene
Tia Ghose | Dec 21, 2011
Scientists have found a way to reactivate a gene in mice that is silenced in a neurodevelopmental disorder called Angelman syndrome.
The Evolution of Drug Resistance
Ruth Williams | Dec 18, 2011
Researchers use whole-genome sequencing to keep tabs on the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Neuroscience Not Ready for the Courtroom
Tia Ghose | Dec 14, 2011
Certain neuroscience techniques are not robust enough to be used as evidence in a trial, a new report says.
Darwin Didn't Plagiarize Wallace
Bob Grant | Dec 13, 2011
19th century shipping records defy the claim that Charles Darwin stole some of Alfred Russel Wallace's ideas to craft his theory of evolution.
Why People Lost Their Fur
Ruth Williams | Dec 12, 2011
The need for ancient humans to keep cool during the day might explain their lack of body hair but not why they walked on two feet.
The Comfort Food Drug
Cristina Luiggi | Dec 9, 2011
Researchers found that stress eating can blunt the body’s stress response.
How Bees Choose Home
Tia Ghose | Dec 8, 2011
For honeybees, there’s no place like home. And every year, they must find a new one. Now, a study publishing today (December 8) in Science suggests that the honeybee swarms use inhibitory signals when house-hunting, paralleling the human brain’s decision-making process.