A study that compares us with other primates finds a brain region linked to social behavior that may offer a biological explanation for why humans, not chimps, produced Shakespeare, Gandhi and Einstein
At just 18 months old, young children can show biological evidence of added stress
Climate change’s negative effects on plants will likely outweigh any gains from elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels
The geese are wintering farther and farther north, in urban areas like Chicago—which may help them avoid hunters. Emily Schwing reports.
Scientists are plotting new directions in the quest for cosmic company
Researchers are finally figuring out the purpose behind some genome sequences that are nearly identical across vertebrates
The suggestion that women are not advancing in science because of innate inability has been taken seriously by some high-profile academics over the years. Neuroscientist Ben A. Barres, who died in December, explained what is wrong with this hypothesis in this 2006 Nature commentary
Engineered organisms that cannot breed with wild counterparts could prevent transgenic plants from spreading genes
Using a new algorithm, geneticists uncovered the pathogen that could have caused a massive epidemic in the Aztec empire: Salmonella bacteria. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Climate change led to more female eggs, so scientists are trying to ensure males are made in the shade
Neurons in the hippocampi of rats and bats fire in response to their fellow animals’ movements
Proteins that researchers think are key to long-term memory formation also move genetic material between cells in both mice and flies
Scientists are urgently transplanting, fertilizing and enhancing corals to help them adapt to warmer oceans, but rebuilding entire reefs will be daunting
A new fossil find reveals that the sucking tongue of butterflies—or proboscis—appears to have evolved before the emergence of flowers. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Exposure to everyday pathogens generates an immune response that could interfere with CRISPR-based gene-editing treatment
Rising CO2 in lakes and reservoirs may harm animals that live in those ecosystems
A chemical found in a distant gas cloud could help explain where planets like Earth get the seeds of life
Fossil find questions the idea that flowers drove the evolution of butterflies and moths
Inflammatory response tweaks may enable the embryo to implant in the uterus