• Evolutionary Biology Can Help Us Understand How Language Works

    Evolutionary Biology Can Help Us Understand How Language Works0

    As a linguist I dread the question, “what do you do?”, because when I answer “I’m a linguist” the inevitable follow-up question is: “How many languages do you speak?” That, of course, is not the point. While learning languages is a wonderful thing to do, academic linguistics is the scientific study of language.

  • The Evolutionary Human Family Tree

    The Evolutionary Human Family Tree0

    The Smithsonian Institute Of Natural History put together an interactive human family tree to show how the human species has diverged throughout the evolutionary history. After decades of collecting evidence for the evolution of species, scientists are now able to understand our closest relatives and the common ancestors between humans and other primates. The Human

  • The Evolution Of Eating

    The Evolution Of Eating0

    Humans have drastically changed their food environment in the last decades, but biology cannot keep up with this sudden shift of eating habits. The result: a marked increase in obesity across the globe.

  • City Birds Are Smarter Than Rural Birds

    City Birds Are Smarter Than Rural Birds0

    ‘Street Smart’ finches are generally more intelligent than their rural kin. Living in the city has its advantages, it seems. That is, if you happen to be a bird. A recently-published study, led by Jean-Nicolas Audet of McGill University, looked at the problem-solving skills of bullfinches that lived in an urban environment and compared them

  • Adding Letters To The ABC Of DNA

    Adding Letters To The ABC Of DNA0

    Researchers are working hard to expand the alphabet of life by adding new bases to DNA.

  • Glowing In The Dark Won’t Get You Laid

    Glowing In The Dark Won’t Get You Laid0

    Male genetically modified zebrafish aren’t exactly Casanova’s. First things first, this is not written as an argument for or against genetic modification. It’s an intense and complicated debate, and shouting or finger-pointing will get us nowhere. Anyway, that’s for another day. Now, it’s time for funky science. One of the arguments that opponents of genetically