Ebola has captured the attention of the world since the outbreak in West Africa began months ago, so far claiming more than 5,000 lives.
Closer to home, seasonal influenza is on its way. Aside from bringing brief misery to many, the flu leads to serious complications or even death for tens of thousands of people in the United States each year.Read more about Facets of the flu
Why do some solid students stumble on the SATs or final exams? Maybe the tests were too hard, or the teachers didn’t cover the necessary material, or the students didn’t study properly. But perhaps the ability to perform at an optimal level is undermined by anxieties triggered when people’s identities are tied to groups that society stereotypes as intellectually inferior, says esteemed social psychologist and author Claude Steele. Read more about Undermining intelligence
Burma’s Rohingya people are being slowly squeezed from their homeland by decades-long government policies that critics say deny them citizenship, health care, work, and schooling, with such tactics punctuated by killings, destroyed homes, and tens of thousands sent to camps. Read more about Burma genocide
When it comes to genitalia, nature enjoys variety. Snakes and lizards have two. Birds and people have one. And while the former group’s paired structures are located somewhat at the level of the limbs, ours, and the birds’, appear a bit further down. In fact, snake and lizard genitalia are derived from tissue that gives rise to hind legs, while mammalian genitalia are derived from the tail bud. But despite such noteworthy contrasts, these structures are functionally analogous and express similar genes. Read more about Genesis of genitalia
Though it’s often portrayed as a process that takes place over thousands of years, under the right circumstances the evolution of enhanced traits in a species can occur with surprising speed. Exhibit A involves green anoles. Read more about Rapid-fire evolution