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The Evolutionary Roots of Altruism

Do altruistic groups always beat selfish groups? A new book claims they do.<p><b>Does Altruism Exist? Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others</b><b>By David</b> …

Planarian regeneration model discovered by artificial intelligence

An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria—the small worms whose …

Artificial Intelligence

New evidence emerges on the origins of life

University of North Carolina researchers provide evidence on how the genetic code developed in 2 stages and how primordial chemicals were able to …

Butterflies Have an Extra Stomach Attached to Their Vaginas - Inkfish

By Elizabeth Preston | May 28, 2015 10:31 am<p>One thing you won’t find in the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar is the part where after transforming …

Pheromones and Mammalian Behavior - The Neurobiology of Olfaction

Beynon R.J., Hurst J.L. Multiple roles of major urinary proteins in the house mouse, Mus domesticus. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 2003;31:142–46. [PubMed: …

Creationism and evolution in school: Religious students can’t learn natural selection.

A 10th-grader perches on the edge of her chair as her biology teacher lectures on evolution. She listens intently. The years she’s spent in Sunday …

This awesome graphic of all lifeforms will make you feel tiny

"LIFE ON EARTH IS ONE BIG EXTENDED FAMILY!" is the greatest lesson from evolution, Leonard Eisenberg shouts at the top of his website EvoGeneao.com, which he says stands for Evolutionary Genealogy.<p>Eisenberg created the graphic below to counter the creationist themes he's seen spring into science …

One Chameleon, Eleven Chameleons: Genetics Reveal Cryptic Species in Madagascar's Panther Chameleon

Perhaps the most common way that we tell different species apart is by looks. Different colors often mean deep-rooted differences, but in some …

Counting Animals Is a Sloppy Business - Facts So Romantic

In 1989, scientists at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Zoo published a study on migratory songbirds with alarming …

The reptile-mammal transition

by Greg Mayer<p><b>Update:</b> An alert reader, has objected to the theory presented below, or at least the specific evidence used; he has proffered what he …

Paleontology

How fancy cats evolved: The science of our most adorable pets

The Manx, the Munchkin — without fancy cats, we’d have no memes. Tip your hat to the genius of evolution<p>A number of fancy cat breeds began with a mutation—often confined to one individual in a litter—that had an obvious effect on the phenotype. The Scottish Fold, for example, was founded by a barn …

Recently discovered Japanese pufferfish included in list of top ten new species

The ocean is full of a massive array of undiscovered species, so scientists are always finding <b>new types of creatures lurking offshore</b>. The …

Zoology

DNA hints at earlier dog evolution

<b>Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some other studies suggest.</b><p>A genetic study indicates that dogs may have begun to split from wolves 27,000 years ago.<p>The discovery, in Current Biology, challenges the view that dogs were domesticated much more recently, …

Why do we sleep?

<b>Sleep is a normal, indeed essential part of our lives. But if you think about it, it is such an odd thing to do.</b><p>At the end of each day we become unconscious and paralysed. Sleep made our ancestors vulnerable to attack from wild animals. So the potential risks of this process, which is universal …

Tastes Like Chicken: 8 Animal Cannibals

posted: 05/14/15<p>Oh, don't feel bad ... Humans aren't the only species with skeletons in their closet. Here are eight animals that eat their own -- …

Not All Viruses Are Enemies

What the average person knows about viruses is pretty bad. We know they can only reproduce by invading a cell of a different species and usurping its …

iChip: The Future of Antibiotic Discovery

Two weeks ago, a team led by scientists from Northeastern University published a study describing a new class of antibiotics called teixobactin, which they found in the soil of a field in Maine. The Internet subsequently lit up with both excitement and criticism (mostly excitement, though). It’s …

First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough

The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the fight against the growing resistance to drugs.<p>Teixobactin has been found to treat many common bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, septicaemia and C. diff, and could be available within …