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Why drugs are expensive: It's the science, stupid.

A cartoon representation of part of the protein PCSK9, a significant new target for reducing cholesterol that until now has thwarted efforts to drug it (Image: Wikipedia Commons) This is part 1 of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Scientific fraud almost led to this tiny owl’s extinction. Species name: Forest owlet ( Heteroglaux blewitti ). Known locally as dongar dudaa. [More] -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Evolving proteins - no DNA required

dimanche 5 janvier 2014 — Evolution,More Science
Prions are the infective agents that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as Mad Cow Disease in humans. All prions affect the brain or neural tissues and are currently untreatable.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

False Killer Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins Swim Together for Years

dimanche 5 janvier 2014 — More Science,Evolution,Biology
In the waters off the northern coast of New Zealand swims a group of one of the world's most poorly understood cetaceans. Named for their resemblance to their better-known cousins, false killer... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Grassland earless dragons

samedi 4 janvier 2014 — Evolution
Captive Grassland earless dragon climbing in tussock; image by Tony Gamble, used with permission. Today: LIZARDS. Even better: obscure Australian agamids, or dragon lizards, or dragons, if you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

La sélection scientifique de la semaine (numéro 103)

En Chine, plus de 33 000 kilomètres carrés de terres agricoles (soit plus que la superficie de la Belgique) sont désormais impropres aux cultures en raison de la pollution des sols. (en anglais) - Un coup de projecteur sur ces … Continuer la lecture (...)

Les neurosciences ont-elles leur place au tribunal ?

L'homme torse nu sur la photo ci-dessus n'est pas un enfant de chœur. Le cliché date du 19 août 2010. Le 30 juillet précédent, John McCluskey, condamné à plusieurs décennies d'emprisonnement pour meurtre, attaques à main armée et enlèvement, s'est évadé … Continuer la lecture (...)

When Was the Last Time Volcanoes Erupted on the East Coast?

Volcanoes on the East Coast of North America are more recent than you think—and they may be why the region still suffers relatively large earthquakes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

When Was the Last Time Volcanoes Erupted on the East Coast?

How Mole Hill in Virginia became a mountain is an old story, but not as old as some geologists think. The reason for that has to do with volcanoes--and may help explain why the U.S. East Coast, so... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Are Straight Women and Gay Men "Natural Allies"? An Evolutionary Account

jeudi 2 janvier 2014 — Evolution,Mind & Brain
Still from the movie G.B.F (2013, "Gay Best Friend") Not every gay man has a female best friend, nor does every straight woman have a gay man as her most trusted confidant. But according to a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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