An ordinary bacterium can trigger changes in some primary tumors that lead to dangerous metastasis
New research catalogues tomatoes’ genetic variation
New research suggests one way fish might spread to distant waters
A new budget-friendly virtual-reality system helps researchers study the brains of small animals
Fork-tailed flycatchers make a fluttering sound with their wings—but separate subspecies have different “dialects” of fluttering. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The avian cortex had been hiding in plain sight all along. Humans were just too birdbrained to see it
Following a tantalizing discovery, these spacecraft could be headed to Earth’s twisted twin in search of the truth
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from all over, including one from Israel about what DNA reveals about the Dead Sea Scrolls’ parchment.
Hyraxes, which live in Africa and the Middle East, punctuate their songs with snorts. And the snorts appear to reflect the animals’ emotional state. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Nikon’s Small World in Motion competition captures creatures and forces that are invisible to the naked eye.
Given an impossible task, a dog will ask a human for help, but a wolf will not seek help—and neither will a pet pig.
An experimental gene treatment aboard the International Space Station demonstrates how rodents—and humans—might stay buff beyond Earth
Biologist Catherine Dulac netted one of four big life sciences awards. Also announced were one for mathematics and two for physics
The antiviral interferon might help early but exacerbate disease in later stages
A study reveals the Pac-Man-like strategies adopted by different cell types when making long journeys through an organism
A new process could help conservationists save imperiled species
“Baking is applied microbiology,” according to the book Modernist Bread . During pandemic lockdowns, many people started baking their own bread. Scientific American contributing editor W...
An analysis of 391 skulls shows that birds evolved surprisingly slowly, compared with their dinosaur forerunners
Hermit warblers in California have developed 35 different song dialects, apparently as a result of wildfires temporarily driving them out of certain areas.
We’ve been looking in the wrong place for a deeper understanding of the virus