prison, culture, evolution
An Unlichenly Pair
Hannah Waters | Aug 1, 2011
A young botanist pays tribute to his mentor by naming a newly discovered, rare species in his honor.
Learning to Become a Tree Hugger
Amy Maxmen | Aug 1, 2011
A guide to free software for constructing and assessing species relationships
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Aug 1, 2011
First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth
Gene Patents Upheld
Jef Akst | Jul 29, 2011
A US federal appeals court says human genes are patentable.
The First Plant Interactome
Jessica P. Johnson | Jul 28, 2011
Protein interaction networks in Arabidopsis give clues to plant evolution and immunity.
On the Origin of Birds
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 27, 2011
The discovery of a new bird-like fossil challenges longstanding theories about which species of dinosaur gave rise to the avian lineage.
Electric Dolphins?
Jef Akst | Jul 27, 2011
Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.
Latitude Affects Human Eye Size
Jef Akst | Jul 27, 2011
People living near the Earth’s poles, where days are often short and light often low, have larger eyes and visual cortices than those closer to the equator.
Chimp Brains Don’t Shrink with Age
Tia Ghose | Jul 25, 2011
Unlike human brains, chimpanzee brains don’t get smaller as they age, suggesting that pronounced neurological decline is a uniquely human byproduct of our oversized brains and extreme longevity.
Do Heat Waves Spur Violence?
Jef Akst | Jul 25, 2011
Are the triple digit temperatures provoking people to do their worst?