Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm
Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm
A volunteer nature guide teamed up with researchers to discover a unique reproductive role for one vine’s leaves.
Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm
Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm

A volunteer nature guide teamed up with researchers to discover a unique reproductive role for one vine’s leaves.

A volunteer nature guide teamed up with researchers to discover a unique reproductive role for one vine’s leaves.

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A Citizen Scientist Makes Her Mark in Microbiome Research
A Citizen Scientist Makes Her Mark in Microbiome Research
Amy Schleunes | Jun 1, 2020
The BioCollective, a company that transforms whole stool samples into microbial metadata, is developing the US’s first national microbiome reference material.
Scientists Use Online Game to Research COVID-19 Treatment
Scientists Use Online Game to Research COVID-19 Treatment
Emma Yasinski | Mar 9, 2020
The creativity of citizen scientists could help researchers design proteins that may be able to fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Image of the Day: Design Challenge
Image of the Day: Design Challenge
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 9, 2019
An online video game helps researchers create strategies for creating RNA.
Image of the Day: Photo ID
Image of the Day: Photo ID
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 27, 2019
Marine biologists identify smalleye stingrays using the white spots on their backs.
Researchers Aim to Reestablish an Ancient Fish in an Ohio River
Researchers Aim to Reestablish an Ancient Fish in an Ohio River
Shawna Williams | Jan 1, 2019
The sturgeon restoration study’s outcome won’t be known for decades.
Image of the Day: Suckers
Image of the Day: Suckers
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 10, 2018
A recently expanded online database allows researchers and the public to share and view videos of sea lampreys.
A Snake Species Not Seen Alive for 64 Years Appears in Brazil
A Snake Species Not Seen Alive for 64 Years Appears in Brazil
Ignacio Amigo | Jun 1, 2017
Locals helped researchers find the extremely rare boa.
Birders Break North American Record
Birders Break North American Record
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2016
A nude birder and an Australian zoo owner are competing to set the new bar for the number of species spotted in a single year.
Extreme Birding
Extreme Birding
The Scientist Staff | Sep 30, 2016
Oregonian Noah Strycker broke the world Big Year birding record when he saw his 4,342nd species of the calendar year in 2015.
Butterflies in Peril
Butterflies in Peril
Bob Grant | Aug 12, 2015
Several recent studies point to serious—and mysterious—declines in butterfly numbers across the globe.
Bats Make a Comeback
Bats Make a Comeback
Molly Sharlach | Dec 22, 2014
Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.
Extra Eyeballs on the Eye
Extra Eyeballs on the Eye
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 6, 2014
A legion of citizen-scientist gamers helps a team of researchers explain a long-standing riddle of how the retina processes motion.
Gamers Solve RNA Structures
Gamers Solve RNA Structures
Abby Olena | Jan 28, 2014
An online competition gives citizen scientists a chance to design RNA molecules to generate a target structure.
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.
Don’t Fear DIYbio
Don’t Fear DIYbio
Jef Akst | Nov 19, 2013
Biological tinkerers are not the risk that some have made them out to be, according to a new report.
Science on Lockdown
Science on Lockdown
Dan Cossins | Jul 1, 2013
A forest ecologist comes down from the canopy to bring science to the masses, forming a series of improbable collaborations with prisoners.
Research Behind Bars
Research Behind Bars
Dan Cossins | Jun 30, 2013
Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni advances forest conservation and science advocacy by enlisting the help of prisoners.
DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential
DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential
Todd Kuiken | Mar 1, 2013
Citizen scientists can inspire innovation and advance science education—and they are proving adept at self-policing.
Regulating Amateurs
Regulating Amateurs
Dustin T. Holloway | Mar 1, 2013
How should the government ensure the safety and responsibility of do-it-yourself biologists?