Field study suggests brain size in ants adheres to specialization hypothesis
Study shows starving mantis females attract more males
Origin of the Eukaryotic cell: Part I - How to train your endosymbiont
Over-identifying restrictions in economic analysis
The analysis of empirical economics has long made use of a tool called the generalized method of moments (GMM). This method is used as a generic way of estimating parameters in an empirical model where the ...
How scientists can learn what distinguishes science from pseudoscience
Scientists should study pseudoscience – see what the pseudoscientists are up to and perhaps (for a laugh) try a few pseudostudies themselves. ...
New book argues that inexpensive, employee-driven business experiments can help drive innovation
When it comes to prescription drugs, patient "compliance" is a concern: Are people, especially the elderly, taking their medication on the proper schedule? While pharmaceutical firms focus on the research ...
Colour variability in Crimson Rosellas is linked to a virus
Despite its name, the Crimson Rosella is perhaps Australia's most colour-variable bird and a cause of this striking and beautiful diversity seems to be a disease that's potentially deadly to many other parrots.
Oceans apart: Study reveals insights into the evolution of languages
A new Journal of Evolutionary Biology study provides evidence that physical barriers formed by oceans can influence language diversification.
Researchers film protein quake for the first time
One of nature's mysteries is how plants survive impact by the huge amounts of energy contained in the sun's rays, while using this energy for photosynthesis. The hypothesis is that the light-absorbing proteins ...
Bats bolster brain hypothesis, maybe technology, too
Amid a neuroscience debate about how people and animals focus on distinct objects within cluttered scenes, some of the newest and best evidence comes from the way bats "see" with their ears, according to ...
Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful
New research suggests that dogs who spend a short time in boarding kennels may not find it unduly stressful and could in fact find the change of scenery exciting.
Researchers test whether Red Queen hypothesis makes species resilient
In Lewis Carroll's 1871 classic novel Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen tells Alice: "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place."
Research team claims no evidence of extraterrestrial impact causing Younger Dryas deep freeze
Study suggests survival isn't always about competition
One of Charles Darwin's hypotheses posits that closely related species will compete for food and other resources more strongly with one another than with distant relatives, because they occupy similar ecological ...