Humans have different numbers of a gene for digesting starch, probably because starch-eaters who got more of the genes had an advantage. Karen Hopkin reports.
Score one for the tykes. German study supports theory that we evolved social abilities to help us interact and assimilate into different cultures
Saturday, September 8th, is World Rabies Day, to raise people's awareness about the disease--rabies still kills 55,000 people every year. Steve Mirsky reports. For more info, go to www.worldrabiesday.org...
New research reveals that genes related to the debilitating disorder may also provide developmental advantages
Study identifies nonconvulsive seizures as potential culprit. Already available drugs may stave off and even reverse debilitating symptoms
Unless you are an Indonesian fruit bat, though, it probably won't happen naturally
New research in Science reveals that children and apes are on par when it comes to straight numerical and spatial abilities, but when they're tested on social learning, the children excel...
In this episode New York University's Marion Nestle talks about her article in the September issue of Scientific American, called "Eating Made Simple." Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news...
Diamond-and-ice knees and hips may be the artificial joints of the future. Karen Hopkin reports.
Humans turn out to be as genetically different from one another as it was previously thought they were different from chimps
Proponents of Evo-Devo, whose practitioners inquire into the developmental significance of various genes, and in so doing have discovered that, among other things, some genes have much more power to shape body plans than others, like to point to the supposed similarity between humans and chimps -- ~99% shared DNA -- to illustrate the power of just a few genes to effect radical changes in the phenotype of an animal...
Genetic "dimmer switches could possibly become a new target in the fight against the neurodegenerative disorder
Mind Matters where top researchers in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry explain and discuss the findings and theories driving their fields.
Stem cells mend broken rat hearts, stone cold sober astronauts and more
Damp, moldy houses may contribute to depression--although the mold just may be a marker for poor living conditions. Kevin Begos reports.
Pets may or may not help fend off developing allergies but they will help keep the house from being antiseptically clean.
Kids with Williams syndrome are more gregarious--but cultural norms modulate how gregarious they become. Steve Mirsky reports
Tales of the baiji's demise may have been much exaggerated. Apparently, video has appeared of a rare Yangtze river dolphin--potentially the last of its kind--though the video is bad enough for the identification to be suspect...