history, culture, ecology
Productivity Paradox
Productivity Paradox
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?
Surveying Biodiversity with Leeches
Surveying Biodiversity with Leeches
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2018
Scientists are searching for signatures of mammals within the blood meals of the invertebrates.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

Image of the Day: Agar Art
Image of the Day: Agar Art
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 30, 2018
The American Society for Microbiology held its 4th contest for images created from microorganisms feeding on agar. 
Image of the Day: Water Flea
Image of the Day: Water Flea
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 29, 2018
A species of water flea in northern Belgium that helps keep algae in check is growing smaller and less abundant in urbanized areas. 
Great Barrier Reef Experienced Five Massive Die-Offs in 30,000 Years
Great Barrier Reef Experienced Five Massive Die-Offs in 30,000 Years
Catherine Offord | May 28, 2018
The reef has bounced back from “death events” in the past, but that doesn’t mean it will be resilient over the next few decades.
What Made Human Brains So Big?
What Made Human Brains So Big?
Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018
Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.
Conservation Biologist Ben Collen Dies of Bone Cancer
Conservation Biologist Ben Collen Dies of Bone Cancer
Shawna Williams | May 22, 2018
The University College London researcher investigated how environmental pressures affect animals.
Newly Described Salamander Species Nearly Extinct
Newly Described Salamander Species Nearly Extinct
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 21, 2018
The Chinese giant salamander is not one but five different species.