albedo, ecology, culture
Large Carnivores Under Siege
Large Carnivores Under Siege
Bob Grant | Jan 13, 2014
As populations of top predators decline in ecosystems the world over, researchers chart the widespread effects.
Settlement Signal
Settlement Signal
Abby Olena | Jan 9, 2014
A marine bacterium generates contractile structures that are essential for the metamorphosis of a tubeworm.
Renard's Menagerie
Renard's Menagerie
Abby Olena | Jan 1, 2014
Some of the fantastical marine life depicted in a rare, 18th-century book
Book Excerpt from The Monkey’s Voyage
Book Excerpt from The Monkey’s Voyage
Alan de Queiroz | Jan 1, 2014
In Chapter 7, “The Green Web,” author Alan de Queiroz describes the evolutionary journey taken by a South American species of sundew plant.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jan 1, 2014
Are Dolphins Really Smart?, Newton's Football, Outsider Scientists, and We Are Our Brains
Fantastical Fish, circa 1719
Fantastical Fish, circa 1719
Abby Olena | Jan 1, 2014
A collection of colorful drawings compiled by publisher Louis Renard sheds light on eighteenth-century science.
Evolution’s Stowaways
Evolution’s Stowaways
Alan de Queiroz | Jan 1, 2014
Terrestrial mammals, carnivorous plants, and even burrowing reptiles have spread around the globe by braving the seven seas. These chance ocean crossings are rewriting the story of Earth’s biogeography.
A Ribbeting Tale
A Ribbeting Tale
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2014
A famous frog-hopping contest yields data that challenge previous lab estimates of how far a bullfrog can jump.
Unhealthy Chemicals Linked to Fracking
Unhealthy Chemicals Linked to Fracking
Jef Akst | Dec 17, 2013
Water samples collected from natural gas extraction sites in Colorado contain hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to birth defects, infertility, and cancer.
Test Scores Are in the Genes
Test Scores Are in the Genes
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2013
More than school or family environment, a child’s genetics influences high school exam results.