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Why Life Does Not Really Exist

Why Life Does Not Really Exist

I have been fascinated with living things since childhood. Growing up in northern California, I spent a lot of time playing outdoors among plants and animals.

December 2, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody…

Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody…

Those of you familiar with my blog here at SciAm will know that I’m a little obsessed with science-themed music videos. When I saw the ‘Wrecking Ball’ masterpiece of Ms...

January 13, 2014 — Carin Bondar
What Ultramarathons Do to the Body

What Ultramarathons Do to the Body

Its hard for many people to imagine running (or walking) a standard marathon of 26.2 miles, let alone topping that distance with a so-called ultramarathon that could stretch to as much as 100 miles or more...

January 8, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron
Candid Camera (Trap): The Worlds Rarest Big Cat

Candid Camera (Trap): The Worlds Rarest Big Cat

“The Amur or Far Eastern leopard, Panthera pardus orientalis, is the worlds most endangered big cat, and the only one known to be adapted to the cold, snowy environment in which it lives...

December 18, 2013 — Carin Bondar
Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Scientific fraud almost led to this tiny owl’s extinction. Species name: Forest owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti). Known locally as dongar dudaa.

January 5, 2014 — John R. Platt
Evolving proteins – no DNA required

Evolving proteins – no DNA required

Prions are the infective agents that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as Mad Cow Disease in humans. All prions affect the brain or neural tissues and are currently untreatable...

January 5, 2014 — S.E. Gould
A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution’s Forgotten Hero

A Paper Puppet Animation on Evolution’s Forgotten Hero

When people think about evolution, the most obvious name that comes to mind is Charles Darwin. Alfred Russell Wallace is rarely given the credit he deserves for his work on the subject, which is unfortunate...

December 31, 2013 — Carin Bondar
Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013

Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013

Its been a good year for strange animals. Which is something you could probably say about every year ever because animals are strange. So heres my Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013, ordered from most strange to slightly less strange...

December 24, 2013 — Bec Crew
Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

A primate that lives only in wetlands? That alone makes the Alaotran gentle lemur unique. But this tiny lemur lives in incredibly limited constrained habitat, which continues to shrink around it...

December 22, 2013 — John R. Platt
Octopus, How Do You Count Your Suckers?

Octopus, How Do You Count Your Suckers?

We all know that the male octopus uses his third right arm as a penis. (Oh, you didn’t? It’s true. Sometimes he even detaches it to give to the female.) In fact, all of the arms, if not so specialized, are easily identifiableas numbers one, two, three or four on the left or right side...

December 22, 2013 — Katherine Harmon Courage
The SOS response: how bacteria deal with damaged DNA

The SOS response: how bacteria deal with damaged DNA

DNA is important stuff. It’s present in all living organisms on the planet (or ‘almost all’ if you wish to remain friends with virologists) and contains the information required to produce and organise the proteins within a cell...

December 22, 2013 — S.E. Gould
A Squamotastic Christmas at Tet Zoo

A Squamotastic Christmas at Tet Zoo

My plan was to get something else finished for Tet Zoo before Christmas but, alas, that just wasn’t possible. So here’s this… And for those of you who want to see more detail, here are enlarged versions… And for all of you Squamozoic fans who need a labelled version… For more on the Squamozoic go [...]..

December 21, 2013 — Darren Naish
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