How COVID lockdowns triggered changes in peregrine falcon diets – and what this means for urban pest control
Lockdown wasn’t good news for London’s peregrine falcons.
March 10, 2023 • ~7 min
Human genome editing offers tantalizing possibilities – but without clear guidelines, many ethical questions still remain
Following the controversial births of the first gene-edited babies, a major focus of the Third International Summit on Human Genome Editing was responsible use of CRISPR.
March 8, 2023 • ~8 min
Blue ticks: what evolutionary theory tells us about the turmoil around social media verification
Signalling theory tells us lots about the way paid-for verification has disrupted the blue tick system.
March 7, 2023 • ~8 min
Gut microbes found to help mend damaged muscles in mice
A Harvard-led study shows that the gut microbiota acts as the training camp for a class of immune cells that are recruited to heal muscle injury.
March 6, 2023 • ~9 min
Wolf restoration in Colorado shows how humans are rethinking their relationships with wild animals
Less than a century ago, Colorado hunted, trapped and poisoned all the wolves within its borders. Today it’s restoring them – a change that reflects a profound shift in human thinking.
Feb. 28, 2023 • ~9 min
Imagination makes us human – this unique ability to envision what doesn't exist has a long evolutionary history
By learning what parts of the brain are crucial for imagination to work, neuroscientists can look back over hundreds of millions of years of evolution to figure out when it first emerged.
Feb. 23, 2023 • ~10 min