extinct species, ecology
Jungle Field Trip
Jungle Field Trip
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2015
Travel to remote rain forests in Papua New Guinea with researchers from The Nature Conservancy who are working with native people to characterize ecosystems there using sound.
A Rainforest Chorus
A Rainforest Chorus
Karen Zusi | Dec 1, 2015
Researchers measure the health of Papua New Guinea’s forests by analyzing the ecological soundscape.
Urban Owl-Fitters
Urban Owl-Fitters
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2015
How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities
Spiders, Prey Leave DNA
Spiders, Prey Leave DNA
Bob Grant | Nov 30, 2015
A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Karen Zusi | Nov 19, 2015
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Buzzed Honeybees
Buzzed Honeybees
Karen Zusi | Oct 20, 2015
Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.
One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened
One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened
Karen Zusi | Oct 6, 2015
A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.
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.
Mimicry Muses
Mimicry Muses
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2015
The animal world is full of clever solutions to bioengineering challenges.
Intelligence Gathering
Intelligence Gathering
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 1, 2015
Disease eradication in the 21st century