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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

Busted: PR Flacks who ran afoul of the science blogosphere, including a brand new flack for Stuart Pivar who showed up right here on this blog

Not that anyone should care about the attempt by New York businessman Stuart Pivar to sue prominent science blogger PZ Myers of Pharyngula anymore, since the suit was just dismissed, but I just noticed that two of the pro-Pivar comments* on the original post in which I broke the PZ/Pivar story were by a "Matthew Richards," who claims to be an attorney...

August 31, 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

WIRED scoops Scientific American on SciAm's own birthday -- happy 162nd to us!

Put up ya lighters, raise a glass of Henny, empty a clip into the night sky -- whatever it is you do when you want to party like it's 2999, 'cause the magazine that predates the American civil war, the only extant publication that used to run its own patent service, the joint that has played host to every great mind from Mark Twain to Albert Einstein to Tim Berners-Lee -- is celebrating its 162nd birthday...

August 28, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Your mama or your MAOA?

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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 21, 2007 — David Dobbs

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