Albinos around the world face day-to-day health issues, but in Africa they have a bigger problem: being hacked to death for body parts
The adult human brain is surprisingly malleable: it can rewire itself and even grow new cells. Here are some habits that can fine-tune your mind
Researchers have discovered two living species—so recently that they have yet to be named—of this Alavesia fly, a genus that had previously only been seen preserved in Cretaceous-era amber in Spain and Burma.
A social neuroscientist responds to the controversial critique that the results of imaging studies are routinely overstated.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on February 16th, primatologist Frans de Waal noted that the public's distaste for Wall Street bonuses has its counterpart, and perhaps roots, in other animals' perceptions of inequity. Steve Mirsky reports
Shifting species may mean less protection for imperiled fisheries
In a study in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers report the first fossil find of a pregnant whale--which offers tantalizing clues that the marine mammal returned to land to give birth. Karen Hopkin reports
An evolutionary expert explains why Homo sapiens is not equipped to handle eight kids, and why they invest so much energy in a single offspring
Rerouting signal from neuron to muscle allows the brain to move deadened limbs
Letters to the editor on stories from Scientific American
Darwin Day Special, Part 3: Origins of Paleontology and the Impact of Religion on the Development of Evolutionary Theory
In part 3 of this special Darwin Day podcast, the Reverend Thomas Goodhue, executive director of the Long Island Council of Churches and author of the book Curious Bones: Mary Anning and the Birth of Paleontology, talks about Anning and how religion informed Darwin and the scientists who led to him.
A new light-sensing backpack has mapped songbird migration routes for the first time
When Darwin reached the Galapagos Islands in September 1835, he was certain that the archipelago had rather recently risen from the sea, and had become home to birds from the South American continent. The animals would have evolved over time and adapted themselves to their respective environmental conditions
The finches of the Galapagos Islands, Darwin was convinced, all had a common ancestor. Their variety was proof that species adapt themselves to their special living environment in the course of time
Male circumcision-derived skin-rejuvenator injections in U.K. have yet to be approved in U.S.
200 years after the birth of Charles Darwin, his theory of evolution still clashes with the creationist beliefs of some organized religions. For him personally, it meant the end of his belief in creation by God
What is the environmental impact of all those flowers given on Valentine's Day?
In part 2 of this special Darwin Day podcast, Hofstra University religion professor John Teehan discusses the study of religion from an evolutionary psychology perspective
In part 1 of this special Darwin Day podcast, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin on February 12th, Richard Milner performs part of his one-man show about Darwin; Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie and Darwin descendant Matthew Chapman read from The Origin of Species; and Chapman talks about his book 40 Days and 40 Nights, about the Dover intelligent design trial as well as about his efforts to get presidential candidates to discuss science--a project called ScienceDebate
A 1991 Westinghouse finalist practices "pure medicine" in Birmingham, Ala., and Granada, Nicaragua