Microbes in flowers are crucial to bee diets, and microbiome changes could be starving the insects
A never before seen collection of structures in the birds’ retinas may help them track speedy prey
Conventional wisdom holds that the ability to assess a rival's fighting ability is universal in the animal kingdom. Recent research has shown otherwise
Researchers slowed the approach of greedy gulls by an average of 21 seconds by staring at the birds versus looking elsewhere. Christopher Intagliata reports.
A gaping hole in the Juan de Fuca plate could explain why central Oregon has volcanoes
By killing off many of New Zealand’s endemic birds, humans destroyed 50 million years’ worth of evolutionary history. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Principles of evolution and natural selection drive a radical new approach to drugs and prevention strategies
Everyday Einstein looks at two new studies that blame volcanoes and asteroids
Mating is risky business for black widow males—so they hitchhike on the silk threads left by competitors to more quickly find a mate. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Computer modeling revealed that insects with a celestial compass can likely determine direction down to just a couple degrees of error. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The egg-bound developing animals are more attuned to the outside world than previously thought
Researchers dissected the jaws of ants infected with the Ophiocordyceps fungus to determine how the fungus hijacks the ants' behavior. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...
The fossils provide the first clear example of group nesting activities in dinosaurs
Nobel Laureate Frances H. Arnold talks to Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina about her work, which takes advantage of the evolution algorithm to make entirely new enzymes that can perform useful chemistry...
The giant bird roamed Europe more than two million years ago
Walking without shoes builds calluses, but that does not limit sensation
Author and self-described fossil fanatic Brian Switek talks about his new book Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone.
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Canada to Kenya, including one about how humans thousands of years ago in what is now Argentina butchered and presumably ate giant ground sloths...
More than 100 millennia ago, people were roasting tubers—a practice that fueled their bodies and may have aided migrations
Confronting climate change, cultures with intensive, specialized land use were vulnerable. Those that endured cultivated multiple crops and helped edible rainforest species prosper