Screams Communicate Human Emotions
Screams Communicate Human Emotions
A group of self-styled screamologists are sifting through the noisiness of nonverbal human vocalizations and finding previously undemonstrated forms of communication.
Screams Communicate Human Emotions
Screams Communicate Human Emotions

A group of self-styled screamologists are sifting through the noisiness of nonverbal human vocalizations and finding previously undemonstrated forms of communication.

A group of self-styled screamologists are sifting through the noisiness of nonverbal human vocalizations and finding previously undemonstrated forms of communication.

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Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Robin Donovan | Jun 18, 2021
A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.
What a Video Game Can Reveal About Monkeys’ Minds
What a Video Game Can Reveal About Monkeys’ Minds
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2021
Researchers find that the animals can account for others’ behavior and circumstances in their strategies.
Naked Mole Rat Colonies Have Their Own Unique Dialects
Naked Mole Rat Colonies Have Their Own Unique Dialects
Amanda Heidt | Feb 4, 2021
Chirp dialects appear to be enforced by the colony’s queen, but scientists aren’t sure how. 
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Max Kozlov | Jan 1, 2021
Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches
Amanda Heidt | Nov 13, 2020
Their ability to distinguish between individuals is strong evidence for fast mapping, a learning tool generally thought to belong only to humans.
More than 450 Pilot Whales Stranded in Tasmanian Inlet
More than 450 Pilot Whales Stranded in Tasmanian Inlet
Ashley Yeager | Sep 23, 2020
Rescue teams are working to save the whales that are still alive and develop a strategy to remove the dead in the Australian state’s largest stranding event to date.
Image of the Day: Helpful Birds
Image of the Day: Helpful Birds
Emily Makowski | Jan 10, 2020
Parrots aid each other in getting food from a researcher.
Can Exercise Explain the Health Benefits of Natural Environments?
Can Exercise Explain the Health Benefits of Natural Environments?
Emily Makowski | Jan 3, 2020
Researchers found that people who spend more time outdoors also spend more time being active and socializing, but it probably doesn’t account for all of the health boost associated with green spaces.
Serotonin and Dopamine Responsible for the Pros and Cons of MDMA
Serotonin and Dopamine Responsible for the Pros and Cons of MDMA
Ruth Williams | Dec 11, 2019
A study in mice suggests serotonin release underlies the drug’s prosocial effects while dopamine mediates the rewarding properties that drive its potential for abuse.
Social Bonds Among Captive Vampire Bats Persist in the Wild
Social Bonds Among Captive Vampire Bats Persist in the Wild
Emily Makowski | Nov 1, 2019
Bats that share food with their hungry cage-mates stay close after being released.
Bottlenose Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf of Another Species
Bottlenose Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf of Another Species
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2019
Interspecies adoptions are rare, but it’s not the first time this population of dolphins in French Polynesia has attempted it.
Manta Ray Populations Have Complex Social Structures
Manta Ray Populations Have Complex Social Structures
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019
Reef mantas in Indonesia exhibit social preferences and form distinct social groups.
Cerebellar Surprises
Cerebellar Surprises
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2019
Kamran Khodakhah, a researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, explains the cerebellum's newly described role in addictive and social behaviors.
Book Excerpt from <em>Conscience</em>
Book Excerpt from Conscience
Patricia Churchland | Oct 1, 2019
In the book's introduction, author Patricia Churchland makes the case that human conscience can be explained by examining the biological dynamics of social living.
Image of the Day: Ancient Footprints
Image of the Day: Ancient Footprints
Emily Makowski | Sep 10, 2019
A discovery of Neanderthal footprints reveals insights into the hominin’s social structure.
Image of the Day: Safety in Numbers
Image of the Day: Safety in Numbers
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 22, 2019
Male Asian elephants are forming long-term, all-male groups to forage in agricultural areas of India.
Autism Symptoms May Improve with Modification of Hormone Pathway
Autism Symptoms May Improve with Modification of Hormone Pathway
Catherine Offord | May 2, 2019
Two clinical trials that altered vasopressin signaling report improved social functions in people with autism spectrum disorder, but researchers caution against overinterpreting the results.
Image of the Day: Aphid Nurses
Image of the Day: Aphid Nurses
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 16, 2019
To their own detriment, aphid nymphs release body fluids that clot up a plant’s wound caused by insects predating on the gall where the colony lives.
Larger Hermit Crab Penises May Prevent Shell Theft
Larger Hermit Crab Penises May Prevent Shell Theft
Abby Olena | Jan 16, 2019
Members of species with shells they must hold onto for survival have larger sexual tubes than those with less precious private property.