sign language, evolution, microbiology
Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874
Hannah Waters | Aug 1, 2011
After completing his studies in medicine and biology, a restless Ernst Haeckel set off for Italy in 1859 to study art and marine biology. The diversity of life fascinated the 26-year-old Prussian, and in addition to painting landscapes, he spent the
Sharing the Bounty
Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | Aug 1, 2011
Gut bacteria may be the missing piece that explains the connection between diet and cancer risk.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2011
Meet some of the people featured in the August 2011 issue of The Scientist.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Aug 1, 2011
First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth
Learning to Become a Tree Hugger
Amy Maxmen | Aug 1, 2011
A guide to free software for constructing and assessing species relationships
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.
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.