anatomy, ecology
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
Jef Akst | Jan 21, 2014
A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies.
Older Trees Grow Faster
Older Trees Grow Faster
Bob Grant | Jan 20, 2014
Mature trees soak up more CO2 than younger ones, a study shows, overturning a bit of botanical dogma.
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Tracy Vence | Jan 14, 2014
Researchers are now spotting fewer cases of imposex—in which female sea snails develop male sexual organs—as a result of a chemical ban instituted in 2008.
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.
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.
Biology's Coefficient
Biology's Coefficient
Megan Scudellari | Dec 1, 2013
Joel Cohen uses the tools of mathematics to deconstruct questions of life.
Waiting in the Wings
Waiting in the Wings
Erin Weeks | Dec 1, 2013
A century’s worth of collected butterflies shed light on how climate change threatens the survival of early-emerging species.
Virginia Targets Wild Pigs
Virginia Targets Wild Pigs
Bob Grant | Nov 26, 2013
The state assembles a task force to try to slow the growth of burgeoning populations of the ecologically destructive invasive species.
The Neuron Doctrine, circa 1894
The Neuron Doctrine, circa 1894
Chris Palmer | Nov 1, 2013
Santiago Ramón y Cajal used a staining technique developed by Camillo Golgi to formulate the idea that the neuron is the basic unit of the nervous system.