techniques, evolution, disease & medicine
Skull Collection Helps Explain Early Neanderthal Evolution
Skull Collection Helps Explain Early Neanderthal Evolution
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 19, 2014
An examination of 17 ancient skulls shows that some Neanderthal features arose as far back as 430,000 years ago.
Ancient Fish Analyzed
Ancient Fish Analyzed
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 13, 2014
Two paleontological findings yield insights into early vertebrate evolution.
Snake Imitators Persist
Snake Imitators Persist
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 12, 2014
A harmless snake in the Carolina Sandhills has been mimicking a poisonous species for decades, and has become a better imitator since the latter went extinct.
Faces for Fighting?
Faces for Fighting?
Jef Akst | Jun 10, 2014
Scientists propose that hominin facial bones evolved for protection against the powerful blows of combat.
BRAIN Initiative Asks for $4.5B
BRAIN Initiative Asks for $4.5B
Kerry Grens | Jun 9, 2014
An advisory committee for the BRAIN Initiative says that to fully fund the goals of the neuroscience research program, taxpayers should fork over $4.5 billion.
Drunks and Monkeys
Drunks and Monkeys
Robert Dudley | Jun 1, 2014
Understanding our primate ancestors’ relationship with alcohol can inform its use by modern humans.
 
Singularly Alluring
Singularly Alluring
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Jun 1, 2014
Microfluidic tools and techniques for investigating cells, one by one
Moving Target
Moving Target
Nicholette Zeliadt | Jun 1, 2014
New mass spectrometry–based techniques are blurring the lines between discovery and targeted proteomics.
Book Excerpt from <em>The Drunken Monkey</em>
Book Excerpt from The Drunken Monkey
Robert Dudley | Jun 1, 2014
In Chapter 3, "On the Inebriation of Elephants," author Robert Dudley considers whether tales of tipsy pachyderms and bombed baboons have any basis in scientific truth.
For Some Male Crickets, Silence Means Survival
For Some Male Crickets, Silence Means Survival
Sandhya Sekar | May 29, 2014
Two island populations of male crickets independently evolved to evade parasites by keeping quiet, and have come up with a way to sneak matings with females that still seek the male courtship song.