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Backyard Science: A New Cure for Bruises?

A few days ago I grilled up some kielbasa in my Brooklyn backyard. Several mosquitoes were also enjoying dinner in my backyard, and one of them hit the motherlode: the little sucker bit me right on a bruise (a relic from SciAm's recent softball game against Popular Science)...

September 13, 2007 — Karen Schrock

An interview with Alex, the African grey parrot

As you may have heard, Alex, the celebrated African Grey parrot, died recently. He was 31. Irene Pepperberg of Brandeis University began working with Alex when he was little more than a year old, hoping to gain insights into avian intelligence...

September 12, 2007 — Kate Wong

Humans turn out to be as genetically different from one another as it was previously thought they were different from chimps

Proponents of Evo-Devo, whose practitioners inquire into the developmental significance of various genes, and in so doing have discovered that, among other things, some genes have much more power to shape body plans than others, like to point to the supposed similarity between humans and chimps -- ~99% shared DNA -- to illustrate the power of just a few genes to effect radical changes in the phenotype of an animal...

September 5, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Baiji back from the dead?

Tales of the baiji's demise may have been much exaggerated. Apparently, video has appeared of a rare Yangtze river dolphin--potentially the last of its kind--though the video is bad enough for the identification to be suspect...

August 30, 2007 — David Biello

The hormone that helps you read minds

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Mind Matters where top researchers in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry explain and discuss the findings and theories driving their fields.

August 28, 2007 — David Dobbs

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