virology, evolution
Unique Antibodies Open Path Toward New HIV Vaccines
Unique Antibodies Open Path Toward New HIV Vaccines
Amanda B. Keener | Jan 27, 2017
A family of broadly neutralizing antibodies from a chronically infected donor provides a schematic for designing vaccines and treatments that target multiple strains of the virus.
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Diana Kwon | Jan 20, 2017
Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech
Diana Kwon | Jan 13, 2017
The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  
Ebola RNA Found Hiding in Health-Care Worker’s Lungs
Ebola RNA Found Hiding in Health-Care Worker’s Lungs
Bob Grant | Jan 5, 2017
A case study reports evidence of viral replication lingering in the respiratory tract of an infected person, even after the person’s blood was Ebola free.
Adaptation, Island Style
Adaptation, Island Style
The Scientist Staff | Jan 2, 2017
Anole lizards inhabiting the Caribbean islands display some of the key principles of evolution.
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Caribbean Anoles Function as Model Organisms for Evolutionary Dynamics
Amber Dance | Jan 1, 2017
The small lizards adapted to unique niches among dozens of isles.
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 1, 2017
The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Moving Past the Myth of a Simple Biological Difference Between the Sexes
Cordelia Fine | Jan 1, 2017
The public may still believe that male-specific traits, such as high testosterone levels, lead to many of the gender inequalities that exist in society, but science tells a different story.
Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication
Fruit Bats Argue Using Nuanced Communication
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 29, 2016
Audio recordings of bats hashing out disputes reveals that their calls are laden with information about identity and intent.
Speaking of Science: 2016
Speaking of Science: 2016
Bob Grant | Dec 19, 2016
Selected quotes from an eventful year