Each of your neurons is more closely related to heart cells than to most of its neighbors. Why?
Evolution has sculpted the human genome to cope with Earth’s toughest climates, inadvertently pointing geneticists towards medically important genes.
Why nature's least sympathetic creatures deserve to be saved, and how to make a start
The bees are rapidly evolving to a warming world, in ways that threaten their intimate partnerships with long-tubed flowers.
Yesterday, I wrote a piece about mantis shrimps and their ridiculous belligerence, pointing out their record-breaking, shell/glass-smashing punches. A…
This week, I wrote about Lilly Grossman, a girl who got her genome sequenced and learned about the gene behind…
Many animals use threatening signals to steer clear of costly bouts, but for these boxing crustaceans, the fights are the signals.
And some unknown ones, too
By identifying the gene behind a mysterious debilitating condition, researchers can define a rare disease and transform a patient’s life.
This week, my colleague Cari wrote a fascinating piece about how the genes of living people contain traces of migrations…
And caterpillars might be using the same viral genes to defend themselves against other viruses
The MinION, a pocket-sized, USB-powered sequencing machine, lets scientists track the spread of deadly diseases in real-time.
Because dating fossils is hard, and it’s not always possible.
Some animals are so elusive, you need nature’s vampires to track them down.
The inside story behind a spectacular new hominin find
A huge project unexpectedly led to a way of finding disease genes without needing to know about diseases.
Recently, I reported that a large team of scientists had tried to replicate the results of 100 psychological experiments—and…
This gelatinous animal is actually a group of tiny clones, in which older members provide thrust through the water while younger ones steer.
The super-cheap Foldscope carries on a centuries-long tradition of simple, curiosity-enabling microscopes.
A clever experiment reveals how fake traffic noise drives songbirds out of forests and harms the ones that stay behind.