physiology
On the Other Hand
On the Other Hand
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2014
Handedness, a conspicuous but enigmatic human trait, may be shared by other animals. What does it mean for evolution and brain function?
Walking Fish Model Evolution
Walking Fish Model Evolution
Bob Grant | Aug 28, 2014
Raising a semi-terrestrial species on land highlights the role of developmental plasticity in the evolutionary transition from water to land.
Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project
Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2014
A former graduate student says he feels slighted by a failure to attribute his contributions to a line of research regarding the salinity tolerances of an invasive species.
Grade-schooler Schools Ecologists
Grade-schooler Schools Ecologists
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2014
A sixth grader’s science project on the salinity tolerance of lionfish inspires an academic researcher to confirm the student’s results, expanding knowledge of an invasive species.
Human Skin Can “Smell” Odors
Human Skin Can “Smell” Odors
Jef Akst | Jul 10, 2014
Olfactory receptors in the skin may help repair damaged tissue, a study shows.
The Mantis Shrimp’s UV View
The Mantis Shrimp’s UV View
Bob Grant | Jul 7, 2014
A crustacean’s eyes are tuned to ultraviolet frequencies with the help of a biological sunblock molecule.
Sari van Anders: Sexy Thoughts, Sexy Data
Sari van Anders: Sexy Thoughts, Sexy Data
Daniel Cossins | Jul 1, 2014
Assistant professor, Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan. Age: 36
Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight
Insect-Inspired Sensors Improve Tiny Robot’s Flight
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 18, 2014
Microroboticists have designed simple sensors based on insect light organs called ocelli to stabilize a miniature flying robot.
Fruit Fly Flight Tactics
Fruit Fly Flight Tactics
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 14, 2014
High-speed cameras capture the remarkable in-flight maneuvers fruit flies use to avoid predators.
Shivering Akin to Exercising
Shivering Akin to Exercising
Kerry Grens | Feb 4, 2014
Working out and shivering in the cold both upregulate hormones and genes involved in brown fat production.