Why 18th Century Biologists Made Copulating Frogs Wear Tiny Pants

The image of a copulating frog dressed in tight-fitting pants sounds quite silly, but it was done in the name of serious research. In fact, more than one biologist dressed up their frogs to solve the mysteries of fertilization. » 3/26/14 1:30pm 3/26/14 1:30pm

Real-Life Scientists Who Meddled With Life and Death

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a cautionary tale about the abuses of science — in particular, the potential pitfalls of screwing around with corpses and lightning. But people haven't always listened. Even before Shelley wrote her classic novel, scientists had meddled with the forces of life and death. And after … » 10/05/12 8:00am 10/05/12 8:00am