| Oct 9, 2003

Behavior, genes in bed together

by Rowan Hooper

The job of undertaker is not one that is restricted to human society. In honeybee colonies, too, some individuals have the task of removing the cadavers of their dead fellows. Researchers have previously demonstrated that bees are genetically inclined to perform the specialist job ...

Aging can be a laugh

| Aug 28, 2003

Aging can be a laugh

by Rowan Hooper

A teenager is being interviewed for a part-time job. “You’ll get 10,000 yen a week to start off,” says the boss. “Then after a month you’ll get a raise to 15,000 yen a week.” “Great!” says the teenager, “I’ll come back in a month.” ...

| Jul 10, 2003

Sifting through the goo

by Rowan Hooper

It’s been hailed as the first major scientific breakthrough of the 21st century, but in his recent book, “Prey,” Michael Crichton envisioned it taking over the world. Nanotechnology is the science of the very small. It works on the scale of the nanometer, one ...

| Jun 19, 2003

Men stripped to their Ys

by Rowan Hooper

Edward Lambert, born in the 1700s in England, was to all appearances a normal boy until he entered puberty, whereupon his skin turned black and thickened, hardening into scales, solid like the shafts of feathers. Edward and his father, who had the same condition, ...