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Why Human Speech Is Special
Why Human Speech Is Special
Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.
Why Human Speech Is Special
Why Human Speech Is Special

Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.

Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.

symbiosis, stress, food security, evolutionary biology
Infographic: Resurrecting Ancient Proteins
Infographic: Resurrecting Ancient Proteins
Amber Dance | Jul 1, 2018

Learn the basic steps researchers take when reconstructing proteins from the past and how these biomolecules can inform engineering projects.

Primer: Acoustics and Physiology of Human Speech
Primer: Acoustics and Physiology of Human Speech
Philip Lieberman | Jul 1, 2018
People have a unique anatomy that supports our ability to produce complex language.
Scientists  Bring  Ancient  Proteins  Back  to  Life
Scientists Bring Ancient Proteins Back to Life
Amber Dance | Jul 1, 2018
Researchers are resurrecting proteins from millions of years ago to understand evolution and lay the groundwork for bioengineering custom molecules.
Young Brain Cells Silence Old Ones to Quash Anxiety
Young Brain Cells Silence Old Ones to Quash Anxiety
Ruth Williams | Jun 27, 2018
In adult mice, neurogenesis increases social confidence by suppressing the activity of mature neurons.
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
A newly described species of shrimp, Odontonia bagginsi, has been named after Bilbo Baggins. 
Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother
Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother
Morgan Gaia, Violette Da Cunha, Patrick Forterre | Jun 1, 2018
The ancient organisms appear to be more closely related to eukaryotes than previously appreciated.
Arizona Moves to Alter Wording About Evolution in Education
Arizona Moves to Alter Wording About Evolution in Education
Catherine Offord | May 25, 2018
Proposed changes to the state’s school science standards would emphasize that parts of the theory are “not proven.”
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
The Scientist Staff | May 4, 2018
Newly discovered fossils shed light on the structure of the feeding apparatus of ancient seabirds.
Image of the Day: Sad Clownfish?
Image of the Day: Sad Clownfish?
The Scientist Staff | Apr 19, 2018
Climate change is bleaching sea anemones, and it’s stressing out the clownfish that live in them.