Letters to the editor about the October/November 2008 issue of Scientific American MIND
Tracking packages and food sources would lead to faster recalls and lessen contamination risks
New approaches are needed to protect the food supply
After a chimp mutilated a Connecticut woman's face, some are questioning the wisdom of keeping wild animals as pets
Albinos around the world face day-to-day health issues, but in Africa they have a bigger problem: being hacked to death for body parts
The adult human brain is surprisingly malleable: it can rewire itself and even grow new cells. Here are some habits that can fine-tune your mind
Researchers have discovered two living species—so recently that they have yet to be named—of this Alavesia fly, a genus that had previously only been seen preserved in Cretaceous-era amber in Spain and Burma...
A social neuroscientist responds to the controversial critique that the results of imaging studies are routinely overstated.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on February 16th, primatologist Frans de Waal noted that the public's distaste for Wall Street bonuses has its counterpart, and perhaps roots, in other animals' perceptions of inequity...
Shifting species may mean less protection for imperiled fisheries
In a study in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers report the first fossil find of a pregnant whale--which offers tantalizing clues that the marine mammal returned to land to give birth...
An evolutionary expert explains why Homo sapiens is not equipped to handle eight kids, and why they invest so much energy in a single offspring
The rabbit-like American pika ( Ochotona princeps ) got lucky this week. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, responding to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice, has agreed to assess whether the increasingly rare animal qualifies for protection under the Endangered Species Act...
Rerouting signal from neuron to muscle allows the brain to move deadened limbs