Amy Maxmen

All Stories by Amy Maxmen

  1. Animals

    Not so prudish after all

    Unsuspected genetic diversity found in asexual animals.

  2. Humans

    BOOK REVIEW | Curiosity and Enlightenment: Collectors and Collections from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century

    Review by Amy Maxmen.

  3. Life

    Duckbill decoded

    With a mix of reptilian, bird and mammalian features, the duck-billed platypus genome looks as strange as the animal.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Mondo bizarro

    Psychiatrists measuring the degree of similarity between dreams and psychotic ruminations report some strange features common to both.

  5. Earth

    Refuge for the resilient

    Some conservationists recommend creating marine parks in areas most likely to survive climate change.

  6. Animals

    Comb jellies take root in a new tree of animal life

    A team of biologists places comb jellies, not sponges, at the base of a new tree of animal life.

  7. Earth

    Tibetan Plateau history gets a lift

    The Tibetan Plateau formed when the Indian and Eurasian plates collided, but scientists may have had the order of events wrong.

  8. Calorie Kick: Desire for sweets not only a matter of taste

    Chemical fireworks in the brain's reward system explode in response to calories, independent of flavor, suggests a new study of mice.

  9. Crustacean shuffle

    A twisted joint might have made all the difference to scurrying crabs as they diverged from their clunky lobsterlike brethren.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Dual Role: Painkiller may affect brain

    A class of drugs being developed to block pain could obstruct memory formation as well.

  11. Paleontology

    Twice upon a Time

    New fossil finds suggest that the complex features of mammals originated earlier than previously thought and might even have evolved independently in different mammalian lineages.

  12. Animal Origins: Genome reveals early complexity

    Analysis of DNA from a choanoflagellate, the closest known living nonanimal relative of animals, allows scientists to infer the genetic starter kit possessed by the first animal.