| Oct 1, 2014
| 2:58 PM
A variation in a single gene may explain why some monarch butterfly populations developed a marathoner’s efficient physique, while some muscled up and settled down, according to a new study.
A genome analysis of 101 monarchs from around the...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 5:12 PM
POQUOSON — Poquoson Elementary School kids are learning about the life cycle of monarch butterflies, how to identify their sex and the name of their bodily fluids all before releasing them into the wild at their "outdoor classroom."
| Sep 30, 2014
| 3:54 PM
Scientists will aim to capture the workings of the human brain in comprehensive recordings, to watch the brain while in motion and to reimagine the world's most complex biological organism as a buzzing network of interlocking circuits with the award of...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 6:58 PM
Some people might travel to tropical islands to discover new species. Not Jeremy Feinberg.
The Brooklyn-based ecologist found a species of frog that was brand-new to science right in New York City.
The recently discovered frog is known colloquially...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Playing a computer game or letting your mind go to its happy place might one day ease a migraine, administer drugs or prevent epileptic seizures, according to Swiss bioengineers who pulled off a strange mind-over-gene trick.
The researchers took...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 11:39 PM
To the editor: Biologist Terrie M. Williams' response to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and his "wastebook" demagoguery should draw the attention of responsible and thinking Americans. ("As species decline, so does research funding," Op-Ed, Nov. 6)
| Nov 7, 2014
| 1:19 AM
As the weather cools, manatees will start streaming into South Florida for a few months of basking in warm water, munching seagrass and trying to avoid getting hit by boats.
Manatee season officially begins Nov. 15, when seasonal boat speed limits take...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 4:47 PM
As I rubbed the frostbite out of my hands on returning from a seal survey on Antarctic ice recently, I was informed that I had the dubious distinction of making the Top 5 in the 2014 list of wasteful scientists compiled by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)....
| Nov 5, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Designing medications and immune therapies that blunt a drug addict's high and help him kick his habit is a promising idea. And someday soon it is expected to yield actual medications for addiction. But there's a fundamental problem with prescribing an...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 8:26 AM
When Daniel Promislow jogs with his Weimaraner, Silver, it pains him to see age creeping up on the 11-year-old canine.
"Month by month, he gets slower and slower," said Promislow, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Washington. His other dog,...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 10:17 AM
Mothers are more likely to respond to their infant's vocal cues than fathers, and infants respond preferentially to mother's voice, according to a new study.
Researchers also found that mothers may be more likely to vocalize back and forth with female...