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T. rex growing pains: the king of dinosaurs was first a tyrannical teenager

Without a doubt, Tyrannosaurus rex is the most famous dinosaur in the world. Its adult body length of 40 feet, 5-foot-long head, and bone-crushing teeth are the stuff of legend, but we know surprisingly little about its childhood. What did it look like then? How... click to read more

  • Holly N. Woodward | Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Views 1835
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 13, 2020
How Does Memory Guide Learning? Birds Can Answer

Memory is how our past experiences shape our behavior in the future. For example, as children, we form memories of our parents and other people speaking and use those memories to learn spoken language ourselves. Forming memories cause changes to many different regions of our... click to read more

  • Wenchan Zhao | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Todd F. Roberts | Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
Views 1915
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 7, 2020
The Rat's Euler Whiskers

In 1970, Thomas Woolsey, a young neuroscientist, was peering through a microscope at thin slices of mouse brain, when he observed something quite remarkable. In a region of the brain called the cerebral cortex, which plays a key role in sensing, memory and emotion in... click to read more

  • V.G.A. Goss | Associate Professor at School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK
  • E.L. Starostin | Research Fellow at School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK
  • R.A. Grant | Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
Views 2314
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 13, 2020
Capturing the past using DNA from Sacred Ibis Mummies

Animals were significant to the ancient Egyptians as they considered them Gods living on earth. By far, the most numerous mummies found are those of the Sacred Ibis, worshipped as the incarnation of the God Thoth. Thoth was the God responsible for maintaining the universe,... click to read more

  • Sally Wasef | Lecturer at Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
  • David Lambert | Professor at Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Views 2255
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 6, 2020
Secrets of legless leapers revealed

While we marvel at falcons, cheetahs, and dolphins for their remarkable skills at flying, running, and swimming, we tend to belittle more humble creatures. Among the most lowly are worms, with their unsophisticated crawling and wriggling. However, the biological world holds an endless array of... click to read more

  • Michael J. Wise | Professor at Roanoke College, Environmental Studies Department, Virgina, USA
Views 2128
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 17, 2020