Darren Incorvaia

Darren Incorvaia is a writer and comedian based in Chicago. His writing has also appeared in Scientific American, Discover Magazine, and Reductress. He has a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and behavior from Michigan State University. His favorite animal is all of them.

All Stories by Darren Incorvaia

  1. An image of red blood cells and blue lymphocytes.
    Health & Medicine

    A catalog of all human cells reveals a mathematical pattern

    Smaller cells occur in larger numbers in the human body, and cells of different size classes contribute equally to our overall mass.

  2. A photo of a small gray tufted titmouse bird sitting on a person's hand.

    Birds with more complex vocal skills are better problem-solvers

    Evidence for a relationship between bird vocal learning and cognitive prowess has been mixed. Now, a massive new study confirms they are linked.

  3. A gloved hand swaps a green leaf.
    Animals

    A new DNA leaf swab technique could revolutionize how we monitor biodiversity

    Simple swabs of just 24 leaves in Uganda’s Kibale National Park provided a genetic snapshot of 52 animals in the tropical forest.

  4. In this illustration of a supermassive black hole, rays of bright gas escape from the center of a disc-shaped gray cloud.
    Astronomy

    Active supermassive black holes may be rarer than previously thought

    A dearth of rapidly growing black holes in new James Webb telescope data raises questions about how these behemoths grow and influence their galaxies.

  5. A close up photo of a newfound millipede on a dark background with part of a silver coin in the top left corner.
    Animals

    The newfound Los Angeles thread millipede is ready for its close-up

    Found in Southern California, Illacme socal is the third of its genus found in North America, with the rest of its relatives scattered around the world.

  6. A photo of several bees sitting on top of a honey comb structure.
    Math

    How geometry solves architectural problems for bees and wasps

    Adding five - and seven - sided cells in pairs during nest building helps the colonyfit together differently sized hexa gonal cells , a new study shows.

  7. A photo of Ambika Kamath and Melina Packer standing next to each other.
    Animals

    These researchers are reimagining animal behavior through a feminist lens

    Ambika Kamath and Melina Packer are working to overturn biased, outdated views in biology.

  8. A photo of a male Japanese macaque sitting on a rock with a blurry forest in the background.
    Animals

    When and why did masturbation evolve in primates? A new study provides clues

    In a first-of-its-kind comparative study, researchers show that primates were masturbating 40 million years ago and that the behavior may help males keep their sperm fresh.

  9. A photo of several Formula cars driving on a curvy race track with stands full of people in the distance.
    Humans

    Race car drivers tend to blink at the same places in each lap

    Blinking is thought to occur randomly, but a new study tracking blinks in racing drivers shows it can be predictable — and strategic.

  10. A black sea cucumber (Holothuria leucospilota) expels a stringlike substance, called the Cuvierian organ, as a defense against predators like crabs, as shown in this artist’s illustration.
    Animals

    This sea cucumber shoots sticky tubes out of its butt. Its genes hint at how

    A new genetics study is providing a wealth of information about silky, sticky tubes, called the Cuvierian organ, that sea cucumbers use to tangle foes.

  11. A photo of Aaron Judge swinging at a baseball with spectators out of focus in the background.
    Climate

    Baseball’s home run boom is due, in part, to climate change

    Higher air temperatures led to an average of 58 more home runs each MLB season from 2010 to 2019, a study shows.

  12. A photo of a small purple fist swimming near some plant life and what appears to be a robot arm.
    Animals

    A ‘fire wolf’ fish could expand what we know about one unusual deep-sea ecosystem

    Unlike other known methane seeps, Jacó Scar is slightly warmer than the surrounding water and is a home for both cold-loving and heat-loving organisms.