The softening of the U.S. Embargo against Cuba is offering a closer look at flora and fauna found nowhere else
David Biello's new book is The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age.
Before the smartphone or even Morse code, some rural peoples “spoke” long distance by whistling. Linguists are racing to study the dying languages
Killer whales appear to be splitting into several separate species, perhaps because cultural differences among populations are driving them apart
We asked scientists for their views on the evolution of our species
DARPA researchers are developing responses for accidental or malicious “genetic spills”
New evidence of ancient ingenuity forces scientists to reconsider when our ancestors started thinking outside the box
Julien d’Huy, of the Pantheon–Sorbonne University in Paris, talks about the use of evolutionary theory and computer modeling in the comparative analysis of myths and folktales, the subject of his article in the December 2016 Scientific American.
A strain that emerged during the latest epidemic is able to enter human cells more easily—which means it’s more infectious, too. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The rise of senior citizens may have played a big role in the success of our species
More of one passenger's science trip down the Colorado River
Pairing up might have been the best move our ancestors ever made
An orangutan matched researchers' predictions about which mixed beverage he would choose based on his relative fondness for the separate ingredients.
A genus of coastal arachnids traversed Earth’s vastest oceans to conquer Chile, Africa and Australasia
Using taxidermy data, biologists determined that gun-killed birds have smaller brains than birds that died in other ways. Christopher Intagliata reports.
These Truths Are Not Self-Evident—but They've Been Firmly Established Over and Over by Scientific Research
A compendium of irrefutable facts for these fact-starved times
Analyses of anatomy, DNA and cultural remains have yielded tantalizing insights into the inner lives of our mysterious extinct cousins
A serene lifestyle and the ability to modify body temperature make them the masters of lazy
The capacity to engage in shared tasks such as hunting large game and building cities may be what separated modern humans from our primate cousins
Recent findings lay bare the origins of human hairlessness—and hint that naked skin was a key factor in the emergence of other human traits