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Drone's-eye view

Drone's-eye view

May 5, 2017

 

Most people see drones as a hobby, a fun toy for photographers and videographers, or maybe even the future of package delivery.

But Jason Ur sees them as an invaluable research tool.... Read more about Drone's-eye view

Smooth fetal brain.

How, not why, the human brain folds

February 1, 2016

The distinctive troughs and crests of the human brain are not present in most animals; highly folded brains are seen only in a handful of species, including some primates, dolphins, elephants, and pigs. In humans, folding begins in fetal brains around the 20th week of gestation and is completed only when the child is about 18 months old.... Read more about How, not why, the human brain folds

Reproductive strategies

Reproductive strategies

December 10, 2014

It’s a cliché to say it takes a village to raise a child, but it’s a cliché some creatures have taken to heart.

A handful of animals, including ants, bees, termites, and some birds, are what scientists call “eusocial.” That is, they live in tight-knit groups in which some individuals give up some of their reproductive capacity to care for the offspring of others.

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