STEM, evolution, neuroscience
Foresight
Karen Hopkin | Jul 1, 2011
Studying the earliest events in visual development, Carla Shatz has learned the importance of looking at one’s data with open eyes—and an open mind.
Harmit Malik: Viral Historian
Megan Scudellari | Jul 1, 2011
Member, Division of Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington. Age: 38
Best in Academia, 2011
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2011
Meet some of the finalists of this year's Best Places to Work in Academia survey. 
Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 
Color by Number Fossils
Megan Scudellari | Jun 30, 2011
Researchers map pigments in early bird fossils using preserved metallic residues.
Warm-Blooded Dinos?
Jef Akst | Jun 24, 2011
Evidence that large dinosaurs had body temperatures similar to modern-day mammals suggests they were either endothermic or extremely good at conserving body heat.
Escape Predators, Get Parasites
Jef Akst | Jun 24, 2011
A particular predator defense used by water fleas makes them more susceptible to parasite infections, new research shows.
Sleep on it
Megan Scudellari | Jun 23, 2011
Scientists invent a method to control the timing and duration of sleep in fruit flies and find that snoozing helps form long-term memories.
Behavior brief
Jef Akst | Jun 23, 2011
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research.
Summit Science
Alison Snyder | Jun 20, 2011
Researchers seeking a link between vision problems and the dangerous physiological effects of hypoxia in mountain climbers are taking their work to new heights.