If noise derails your thought, the problem might be that you may have a highly creative brain that's less able to filter out seemingly unimportant events.
Male peacocks put on quite a show for their mates, and now scientists understand more of what goes into their wiggles
Primatologist Frans de Waal discusses his latest book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016)
A preference for dark versus milk chocolate, among other things, shows up in the kinds of healthy germs found in the gut
The gene linked to pale skin and red hair appears to have another big role in appearance
Scientists race to determine the origin of a Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield
When a species of nightshade is injured by hungry beetles, it produces sugary nectar at the wound site. The nectar attracts ants that then keep the beetles at bay.
Canid species all over the world vocalize the same 21 ideas but have different regional ways of expressing them.
When it comes to a devastating blood disorder, sometimes two wrongs make a right
The molecule that controls flowering time misfolds when expressed in yeast
Mountain-climbing bears transport cherry tree seeds, internally at first, to cooler, higher altitudes where the trees can survive as temperatures rise.
How it arises is only now becoming clear
Can women and men be friends? Attraction plays a significant role in opposite-sex friendship, but that doesn't make the bond any less beneficial
A study in rats finds that increased sensitivity to ghrelin causes weight gain and increased body fat, but does not augment appetite
Men and women have different ways of speaking, but research reveals the conversational gender divide is not as stark as it seems
Researchers solve a long-standing phylogenetic mystery
Researchers pinpoint gene for beak size and track how it changed during a severe drought
The vocalizations of the gelada, a baboon relative, appear to follow a linguistic rule called Menzerath's law. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Woodpeckers that listen to others of their kind drum into trees alter their behavior based on what they hear.
Experiments are now approved in Sweden, China and the United Kingdom