Ruth Bennett's Articles

  • Feature

    Risky Business

    The science of decision making grapples with sex, race, and power.
  • News

    Study gives new answer for muddy mystery

    Geologists provide evidence that quartz silt in ancient seabeds doesn't come from eroded land rocks, but rather from the dissolved skeletons of tiny primitive creatures, possibly altering the fossil record and changing models of prehistoric climate and ocean geography.
  • News

    Promiscuity in guppies has its virtues

    Mating with multiple partners benefits the female Trinidadian guppy and her offspring by reducing gestation time and producing youngsters more adept at forming protective schools and at evading capture.
  • News

    In gauging beauty, congeniality counts

    People judge others who have positive personality traits by more lenient physical criteria for attractiveness than they do those about whom they have no personality information.
  • News

    Older isn't wiser in moral reasoning

    Researchers find more endorsement of immanent justice, the belief that the natural world punishes human misdeeds, among college students than sixth-graders.
  • News

    Young pulsar has a split personality

    A new pulsar, the youngest discovered to date, unexpectedly exhibits properties of both regular pulsars and a recently explored class of supermagnetic pulsars, the magnetars.
  • News

    Yeast sex: Only for certain partners

    Two studies independently confirm that Candida albicans, a strain of yeast long believed to be asexual, can sexually reproduce under certain conditions.
  • News

    Metal in diet harms Colorado birds

    Cadmium, a metal naturally present in south-central Colorado, concentrates at deadly levels in willow plants, poisoning the ptarmigan that rely on the plant during winter months.