techniques, microbiology, culture, evolution
Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past
Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 24, 2018
A mass extinction event from an asteroid hitting Earth wiped out forests and, concurrently, tree-dwelling birds.  
Ultrasound Fires Up the Auditory Cortex—Even Though Animals Can’t Hear It
Ultrasound Fires Up the Auditory Cortex—Even Though Animals Can’t Hear It
Abby Olena | May 24, 2018
Researchers have been using ultrasound to control brain activity, but studies in mice and guinea pigs show it also stimulates the auditory system, presenting a confounder for direct neural stimulation.
What Made Human Brains So Big?
What Made Human Brains So Big?
Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018
Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.
Opinion: Should Human-Animal Chimeras Be Granted “Personhood”?
Opinion: Should Human-Animal Chimeras Be Granted “Personhood”?
John D. Loike | May 23, 2018
Determining which products of advanced biotechnology are deserving of legal protections is essential to our own social architecture.
Animals’ Embryonic Organizer Now Discovered in Human Cells
Animals’ Embryonic Organizer Now Discovered in Human Cells
Jim Daley | May 23, 2018
The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.
Image of the Day: Cocoon
Image of the Day: Cocoon
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 23, 2018
Researchers have taken inspiration from wild silk moths to craft fibers that can transport images.
Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India
Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India
Kerry Grens | May 22, 2018
Fruit bats are a reservoir for the disease, which can cause brain damage.
Immunotherapy More Effective in Men: Study
Immunotherapy More Effective in Men: Study
Kerry Grens | May 18, 2018
Women with metastatic cancer who were treated with a checkpoint inhibitor had a smaller benefit than did men.
Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times
Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times
Kerry Grens | May 16, 2018
The uncommon hue is present in skinks that aren’t closely related, but the advantage of the odd trait remains anyone’s guess.  
Our Top 10 Innovations Contest Is Now Accepting Submissions
Our Top 10 Innovations Contest Is Now Accepting Submissions
The Scientist Staff | May 14, 2018
Enter your new product to have a chance at being selected for a coveted spot in The Scientist’s 2018 competition.