They appear across times and cultures—and our fascination with them may have both evolutionary and paleontological origins
A new analysis of fossil beasts adds a new wrinkle to the story of when the Age of Mammals really took off
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A new app may help birders identify species just by sound
Piotr Naskrecki's new book Relics is not easy to read. Physically, I mean.I have wanted to review this book for some time. After all, Piotr Naskrecki is a leading conservation photographer & katydid biologist, and I loved Naskrecki's last book The Smaller Majority .But I had to concentrate hard to stay focused on the text...
We are very excited to announce that the Keynote speaker for the sixth annual ScienceOnline conference will be the anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor (@mireyamayor on Twitter)!Among many accomplishments, Mireya is the author of the wonderful book “Pink Boots and a Machete” which was reviewed here at #SciAmBlogs both by me and by Jason...
Brian Switek destroys the lovely image of an artistic Kraken, and Kevin Zelnio rightfully calls him out for it. Carl gushes over the world’s biggest virus.
That's an amazing video shot by photographer Andy Maser of the Condit Dam being breached by explosives last month. The 125-foot tall dam, built in 1913 on the White Salmon River in Washington State, emptied the contents of its reservoir in just over two hours.For the first time in nearly one hundred years the White Salmon River will flow freely, restoring the river to be a natural habitat for local fish species...
Mt. Olive High School's trebuchet Got a Jack-O-Lantern that’s past its prime? In the story below, Rose Eveleth reports on one creative way of tossing it.
Welcome to the sixteenth edition of the MolBio Carnival! Some great blog posts on cellular and molecular biology have been submitted, many of them written by first-time contributors, so I urge you to check them all out...
You may remember that I told a story at The Story Collider last month. The podcast of my story is now online so you can listen - From Serbia with horses: How do you get the right background to be blogs editor at Scientific American?...
We are facing an epidemic in this country, a threat to our health caused not by pathogens, environmental toxins or lousy diets but by medical tests. Over the past couple of years, we've learned that two popular tests for cancer—mammograms and the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for prostate cancer—are less than useless for many people...
There was a wait for tables at the restaurant S and I went to on Saturday. Here's a look at how people passed the time. You may notice a similarity (sorry the pictures are a little dark): Very few people were "just" talking—without their phone in their hand (and in one case, an iPad)...
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