Brown University biologist and author Ken Miller talks about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness and Free Will.
A new theory may change the debate over evolution and self-interest among ants, bees and other social bugs
Differences in the structure of the brain’s cerebellum may help explain our superior cognitive abilities
The Bora people in the northwestern Amazon use drums to send languagelike messages across long distances. Christopher Intagliata reports.
A new study claims it's easier to accurately whistle a melody than to sing it. Christopher Intagliata reports.
New genetic evidence suggests these indigenous Southeast Asians are singularly suited for underwater hunting
Evolutionary studies indicate that the genetic changes enabling a cancer to develop arise shockingly early within the primary tumor. This discovery points to a promising new approach to therapy
New fossils and analyses topple the long-standing explanation of how dinosaurs came to rule the earth
Non-native milkweed species planted in the southern U.S. could harm monarch butterflies as temperatures rise. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Rather than always making the same call in response to the same stimuli, North Atlantic right whales are capable of changing their vocalizations.
The jutting midface of Neandertals seems to have evolved to help get large volumes of air into an active body that needed lots of oxygen.
A reconstruction of the reptile, found in Transylvania, is on display in Germany
Several feet below a beach in British Columbia, archaeologists discovered soil trampled by human feet—the oldest footprints found so far in North America. Christopher Intagliata reports.
To learn more about decay and fossilization, researchers conduct unorthodox experiments—like dissecting decomposing animals in the lab. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Ravens produce different types of calls depending on their age and sex—which might help ravens size up other individuals. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Our planet may have gained breathable air in the geologic blink of an eye
The legendary cartoonist highlights Earth’s most vulnerable species, using his lavish, eccentric style
The whipworm lives in the human gut, mooching microbes from its host to build its own microbiome. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Physicists have long sought to find one final theory that would unify all of physics. Instead they may have to settle for several
Adrenaline-fueled studies of the bite forces of crocodiles and their relatives reveal secrets of the group’s evolutionary success