During feel-good holiday periods like Christmas and Eid-al-Fitr, romance strikes—leading to a boom in births nine months later. Karen Hopkin reports.
Darwin thought evolution was too slow to change the environment on observable timescales—ecologists are discovering that he was wrong
Areas of Kenya without large wildlife saw tick populations rise as much as 370 percent—meaning more danger to humans. Jason G. Goldman reports.
A killer whale picks up words like “hello” and “bye-bye,” some on the first attempt
Chemists are working on ways for wildfire-affected winemakers to avoid creating smoky wines. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Over planetary history, warm-blood animals have outperformed cold-blooded animals in adapting to changing temperatures
Noncoding regions of our genome may be key to how our brains develop
An onslaught of bottles, bags and other litter makes reefs 20 times more likely to get sick. Scientists are scrambling to learn why
Having lions and giraffes together in protected areas means far lower survival rates for juvenile giraffes. Jason Goldman reports.
In the race for survival, predators can achieve impressive strengths and speeds—but research reveals that when it comes to strategy, their prey may have the upper hand. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on January 24, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.
In a newly documented behavior, sea lions use teamwork to trap their prey along shorelines
Testicles protect viruses from immune attack, foiling attempts to destroy the pathogens
Drugs modified by chemistry Nobel laureate Ben Feringa can be turned on and off by light, which could help keep bacteria from developing antibiotic resistance.
Novartis’s retiring CEO hopes such treatments will soon be deployed against lymphoma, other cancers
The success with monkeys could ignite new ethical debates and medical research
The starfish relatives use light-sensitive cells throughout their bodies to sense their surroundings
Advances in genomics and imaging are reviving a fading discipline
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