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Stories by Robin Anne Smith

How Did Human Brains Get to Be so Big?

How Did Human Brains Get to Be so Big?

New research points to an ancient energy tradeoff that meant more fuel for brains, and less fuel for muscles. Human brain Recently while visiting the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., I found myself pondering the noggins of some very, very, old apes.Along one wall of the Hall of Human Origins — an exhibit on human evolution that opened in 2010 — were 76 fossil skulls from 15 species of early humans.

February 21, 2012 — Robin Anne Smith
Synchronized Swimming: Patrolling for Pollution with Robotic Fish

Synchronized Swimming: Patrolling for Pollution with Robotic Fish

In landlocked East Lansing, Michigan, you’re unlikely to swim with dolphins. But you can swim with robotic fish, thanks to a team of scientists who are developing underwater robots that swim in schools to monitor water quality.

September 19, 2011 — Robin Anne Smith
Stories by Robin Anne Smith

Beyond XX and XY

Biology. Identity. Equality.