gene patents, ecology
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 + 1 = 1
1 + 1 = 1
Jenny Rood | Jul 1, 2015
Nutrient levels in soil don’t add up when food chains combine.
Intelligence Gathering
Intelligence Gathering
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 1, 2015
Disease eradication in the 21st century
Ravenous Invasive Worm Now in U.S.
Ravenous Invasive Worm Now in U.S.
Bob Grant | Jun 25, 2015
Researchers have found the New Guinea flatworm, one of the world’s most invasive species, in Florida, putting native ecosystems at serious risk.