Its infrared glow keeps rattlesnakes at bay
Squirrels heat up their tails and wave them at heat-sensing rattlesnakes to keep the snakes away. Steve Mirsky reports.
The mechanism behind antidepressant drugs is unveiled, which could lead to better treatments for depression and anxiety disorders
Surveys consistently report that men in the U.S. population average seven sexual partners, while women average four. Everyone assumes men are cads and women are out to protect their virtue, so this makes perfect sense, except.....
Teacher in space, giant Lego man goes swimming and more
Modern conservation efforts worldwide deliver measurable effects, from rebounding ferret populations to less destructive logging in the Peruvian Amazon
Surveys of coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean reveal that the critical marine ecosystems are disappearing at a rapid clip, outpacing even rainforests
Leptin puts a double whammy on hunger by making food less rewarding
Putting athletes into a cooling chamber for a brief period prior to a training session seems to improve performance. Steve Mirsky reports.
This male southern elephant seal sports a novel accessory: a cutting-edge sensor that monitors the beast's temperature, along with the depth and salt content of the surrounding water as he swims...
It's official: the Yangtze River dolphin is extinct
"We are currently investigating methods to use DTNs, energy management, and programming languages to improve the state of the art in tracking small, mobile wildlife." --TurtleNet Mark D...
In the September issue of Scientific American, which should be arriving on newsstands and in subscribers in-boxes right about now, there is a totally awesome and, sadly, totally paywalled article entitled Sowing a Gene Revolution: A new green revolution based on genetically modified crops can help reduce poverty and hunger--but only if formidable institutional challenges are met...
Nectar-feeding bats, which have to hover, go through sugar three times faster than even world-class athletes. Steve Mirsky reports.
All it takes is a little genetic manipulation or brain surgery to make female mice act like pelvic-thrusting, rump-sniffing, aggressive males
A British Medical Journal study finds that HIV-prevention abstinence-only programs don't work. Steve Mirsky reports.