Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking
The search for the missing grain led to Trinidad and Thomas Jefferson, and now excitement among African-American chefs.
Some Songbirds Have Brains Specially Designed to Find Mates for Life
Systems in the brains of male and female songbirds are well-developed and finely tuned, but the wiring is different.
Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You
Behind the frog’s surprisingly sophisticated number sense, scientists have found, are specialized cells located in the amphibian midbrain that tally up sound signals and the intervals between them.
Falcon Heavy, in a Roar of Thunder, Carries SpaceX’s Ambition Into Orbit
Elon Musk’s SpaceX company launched the world’s most powerful rocket, with a Tesla sports car as payload, into space. His ultimate goal is to send people to Mars.
The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars
Babies born during the Dutch Hunger Winter became adults with higher rates of health problems. Now researchers
may have found the genetic switches that made it happen.
This Tiny Robot Walks, Crawls, Jumps and Swims. But It Is Not Alive.
Researchers in Germany have developed a robot that is about a seventh of an inch long and looks at first like no more than a tiny strip of something rubbery. Then it starts moving.
Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.
For many mammals, a busy social life can be an important contributor to a long life. But some animals need more alone time than others, and failure to get it could be lethal, according to new research.
Finding the Oldest Fossils of Butterflies Using a Human Nose Hair
While most people go to a garden if they want to see a butterfly’s scales in action, Timo van Eldijk’s search for wing scales required drilling more than a thousand feet into the ground. Then, he extracted fossilized insect bits from black sludge using a probe tipped with human nose hair.
This Worm Evolved Self-Fertilization and Lost a Quarter of Its DNA
Caenorhabditis briggsae lost thousands of genes — a staggering quarter of its genome — since it diverged from Caenorhabditis nigoni a million years ago.