culture, ecology, microbiology
Image of the Day: Living Color
Image of the Day: Living Color
The Scientist Staff | Mar 8, 2018
Biodegradable pigments could be custom-grown by bacteria in the future, say researchers.  
Slime Mold in Residence
Slime Mold in Residence
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 2, 2018
At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.  
Cancer-Fighting Chemical Found in Human Skin Bacteria
Cancer-Fighting Chemical Found in Human Skin Bacteria
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2018
A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2018
After discovering a novel organelle found in protozoan parasites, the University of Pennsylvania’s Roos created a widely used eukaryotic pathogen database.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Paradise Regained: How the Palmyra Atoll Got Rid of Invasive Mosquitoes
Paradise Regained: How the Palmyra Atoll Got Rid of Invasive Mosquitoes
Ruth Williams | Feb 28, 2018
The elimination of the biting pests was an added bonus after researchers unleashed a rat-eradication endeavor on the tiny islands.  
Oldest Known Paintings Created by Neanderthals, Not Modern Humans
Oldest Known Paintings Created by Neanderthals, Not Modern Humans
Catherine Offord | Feb 26, 2018
The animal pictures and hand stencils were made in caves in Spain thousands of years before Homo sapiens arrived in Europe.
Amazonian Fish Genome Challenges Long-Held Assumptions About Asexual Reproduction
Amazonian Fish Genome Challenges Long-Held Assumptions About Asexual Reproduction
Jim Daley | Feb 15, 2018
Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 
Image of the Day: Tardigrades!
Image of the Day: Tardigrades!
The Scientist Staff | Feb 13, 2018
The microscopic water bears will be featured in an exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History beginning Saturday, February 17.
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders
Abby Olena | Feb 2, 2018
In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before.