animals
A Plague on Pachyderms
A Plague on Pachyderms
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2015
At least seven species of herpesvirus commonly infect elephants. At zoos, keepers scramble to save calves, who are particularly vulnerable to the viruses.
Water Fleas, 1755
Water Fleas, 1755
Jenny Rood | Jun 1, 2015
A German naturalist trains a keen eye and a microscope on a tiny crustacean to unlock its secrets.
Microbiota Mismatch
Microbiota Mismatch
Amanda B. Keener | May 21, 2015
The giant panda’s gut microbiome resembles that of a carnivorous animal despite its diet.
Proposed Law Aims to Restrict Antibiotic Use on Farms
Proposed Law Aims to Restrict Antibiotic Use on Farms
Kerry Grens | Aug 13, 2014
A measure moving through the California legislature requires farmers to obtain a prescription to administer antibiotics to livestock.
Animal Tracker
Animal Tracker
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 3, 2014
A program developed by animal behavior researchers automatically tracks individuals in a group, like fish in a school or ants in a colony.
The Salinella salve Mystery
Hayley Dunning | Oct 1, 2012
Salinella salve, an organism described as a single layer of cells, ciliated on both inner and outer surfaces and surrounding…
Gone Missing, circa 1892
Hayley Dunning | Oct 1, 2012
A unique organism sighted only once, more than a century ago, could shed light on the evolution of multicellularity—if it ever actually existed.
Behavior Brief
Megan Scudellari | Feb 21, 2012
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research