| Jan 29, 2014
| 11:33 AM
Mating between Neanderthals and the ancestors of Europeans and East Asians gave our forebears important evolutionary advantages but may have created a lot of sterile males, wiping out much of that primitive DNA, new genetic studies suggest.
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:49 PM
If you’re looking for hot spots of diversity, look to the Earth’s warm, sweaty midsection. The tropical regions near the equator both produce new species faster and lose them more slowly, according to a study that analyzed the evolution and...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:42 PM
Ellen Ripley is back in the new, officially sanctioned novel “Alien: Out of the Shadows,” out next week. Hero Complex […]...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:47 PM
In a sane world, the ringing denunciation of intelligent design and creationist "science" delivered by a federal judge in 2005 would have eradicated these concepts from the schoolroom.
District Judge John E. Jones III of Harrisburg, Pa., ruled then that...
| Jan 19, 2014
Do genes make us do it? The idea that human behavior is driven by genes makes many people uncomfortable, and nowhere is the dispute more bitter than when discussing the biological underpinnings of violence.
The war of ideas over violence and human...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 6:47 PM
A new study says genomic analysis shows dogs and wolves diverged from a common wolf-like ancestor 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, although repeated interbreeding between the animals has clouded their evolutionary history. The study, published in the journal...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 11:05 AM
It's tempting to read Richard Powers' 11th novel "Orfeo" through the filter of the present: surveillance, genomes, government control. The story of a 70-year-old composer named Peter Els, who becomes known as the "biohacker Bach" after police find a do-...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 7:40 AM
A prominent marine biologist who was fined $12,500 for feeding killer whales in an effort to lure them closer to her video cameras says the yearslong case was the "worst nightmare I could ever imagine."
In addition to the fine, Nancy Black -- whose work...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:38 AM
A prominent marine biologist was fined $12,500 and placed on three years probation for feeding killer whales in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
In exchange, Nancy Black -- whose work has appeared on PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 8:02 AM
Fans of Ridley Scott's 1979 iconic horror film “Alien” will be able to relive the suspense in “Alien: Isolation,” a […]...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 7:41 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general will investigate a federal agency whose mission is to exterminate birds, coyotes, mountain lions and other animals that threaten the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.
The investigation of U.S....