animal behavior, ecology
Cannibalism: Not That Weird
Cannibalism: Not That Weird
Bill Schutt | Feb 1, 2017
Eating members of your own species might turn the stomach of the average human, but some animal species make a habit of dining on their own.
The Fungus that Poses as a Flower
The Fungus that Poses as a Flower
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017
Mummy berry disease coats blueberry leaves with sweet, sticky stains that smell like flowers, luring in passing insects to spread fungal spores.
Contributors
Contributors
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2017 issue of The Scientist.
Restoring a Native Island Habitat
Restoring a Native Island Habitat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 30, 2017
Removal of non-native vegetation from an island ecosystem revives pollinator activity and, in turn, native plant growth. 
Study: One Wasp Takes Control of Another
Study: One Wasp Takes Control of Another
Jef Akst | Jan 25, 2017
Crypt keeper wasps appear to command crypt gall wasps to dig exit tunnels on their behalf.
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Another Explanation for Africa’s Enigmatic Fairy Circles
Diana Kwon | Jan 20, 2017
Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 
How Traffic Noise Affects Tree Frogs
How Traffic Noise Affects Tree Frogs
Richa Malhotra | Jan 18, 2017
Constant exposure to the sounds of a busy road can impact a male European tree frog’s stress levels, immune system, and vocal sac coloration, scientists show.
Image of the Day: Goodbye Colo
Image of the Day: Goodbye Colo
The Scientist Staff | Jan 18, 2017
Colo, the oldest zoo gorilla and the first born in captivity, died on January 17 at age 60.
Scientists Activate Predatory Instinct in Mice
Scientists Activate Predatory Instinct in Mice
Diana Kwon | Jan 16, 2017
A new study reveals how the amygdala is involved in controlling predatory behavior in mice.
How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity
How Plant-Soil Feedback Affects Ecological Diversity
Ashley P. Taylor | Jan 13, 2017
Researchers examine how underground microbes and nutrients affect plant populations.