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A rise in global temperatures may be making all kinds of creatures smaller—a trend with worrisome implications
Some 5,000 to 7,000 years ago, the diversity of Y chromosomes plummeted. A new analysis suggests clan warfare may have been the cause. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Coral skeletons have recorded changes in the ocean environment over thousands of years
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Humans and other primates often reciprocate good deeds. A new study suggests a nonprimate, the dwarf mongoose, does so, too, even after a delay. Christopher Intagliata reports.
During extreme heat waves, a species of eucalyptus copes by releasing water and taking advantage of evaporative cooling. Other trees may do the same.
Untangling the origins of organisms will require experiments at the tiniest scales and observations at the vastest
Sea lions and fur seals in Uruguay have become a tourist attraction—but the animals have become less, not more, accepting of humans. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Genetic data could lead to more personalized, meaningful education, but only if parents, teachers and policymakers understand genetics well enough to correctly use the information
Pediatric cardiologist Ismée Williams discusses her young adult novel, Water in May, about a teenage girl whose newborn has a life-threatening heart condition.
Edinburgh University paleontologist Steve Brusatte talks about his May 2018 Scientific American article, "The Unlikely Triumph of the Dinosaurs," and his new book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.
Technology developed for urban crimes can help localize blasts that destroy coral reefs
Orangutans were observed to use plant extracts to treat their own pain.
Racing pigeons is big business—and doping is common. Now scientists have devised a way to detect doping in the avian athletes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Some moms can be murder on the family
Long-overlooked “tunneling nanotubes” and other bridges between cells act as conduits for sharing RNA, proteins or even whole organelles
Tomato plants detected snail slime in soil near them and mounted preemptive defenses, even though they were not directly touched.
Thierry Zomahoun, president of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, talks about the potential and needs of science on the continent.
The toothy snout had a tip covered by a hornlike sheath