Image of the Day: Sweet Lure
Image of the Day: Sweet Lure
Thought to be a nectar con artist, the candy spider-orchid actually does feed its pollinators, a select group of bees.
Image of the Day: Sweet Lure
Image of the Day: Sweet Lure

Thought to be a nectar con artist, the candy spider-orchid actually does feed its pollinators, a select group of bees.

Thought to be a nectar con artist, the candy spider-orchid actually does feed its pollinators, a select group of bees.

ecology & environment
Not One, Not Two, But Three Fungi Present in Lichen
Not One, Not Two, But Three Fungi Present in Lichen
Kerry Grens | Jan 17, 2019
Scientists discover a third fungus that is widespread in lichens, but it’s not clear yet whether it’s a partner in the algal-fungal symbiosis or a bystander.
Majority of Wild Coffee Species at Risk of Extinction, Study Finds
Majority of Wild Coffee Species at Risk of Extinction, Study Finds
Shawna Williams | Jan 16, 2019
Threats to the plants include climate change and habitat loss.
China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon
China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon
Ashley Yeager | Jan 15, 2019
Images from the country’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander show the first sprouting plants.
Image of the Day: Evolution Underground
Image of the Day: Evolution Underground
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 15, 2019
The lay of the land shapes the diversity of groundwater-dependent salamanders.
DNA of Red Wolves, Once Gone from the Wild, Discovered in Texas Pack
DNA of Red Wolves, Once Gone from the Wild, Discovered in Texas Pack
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 14, 2019
The wild population of the species was declared extinct almost 40 years ago, but now researchers have found their genes in a pack of canines near the Gulf coast.
Firings and a Resignation Roil NEON Ecological Observatory
Firings and a Resignation Roil NEON Ecological Observatory
Shawna Williams | Jan 10, 2019
The chief scientist at the NSF initiative quits after two leaders were let go without her input.
Image of the Day: What We’ve Dumped
Image of the Day: What We’ve Dumped
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 10, 2019
Researchers collected trash that washed up at Gulf Coast shoreline sites over two years. Most of it was plastic.
Like a Sturgeon
Like a Sturgeon
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2019
Watch scenes from the Maumee River in Ohio, where researchers are stocking an ancient fish species that is struggling against extinction.
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.