Lost Colony, ecology, microbiology
Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs
Metformin Users Have Different Gut Bugs
Kerry Grens | Dec 6, 2015
The popular type 2 diabetes drug may cause profound changes in patients’ microbiomes.
Owl Be Darned
Owl Be Darned
The Scientist Staff | Dec 4, 2015
Researchers studying city-dwelling birds are learning about which animals are more suited to urban life.
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.
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Kerry Grens | Nov 24, 2015
One large provider says the shortfall should clear up by early 2016.
Blood-Gut Barrier
Blood-Gut Barrier
Ruth Williams | Nov 12, 2015
Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.
Exploring the Inner Universe
Exploring the Inner Universe
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 6, 2015
A new American Museum of Natural History exhibit introduces visitors to the microbes within their bodies. 
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2015
The Psychology of Overeating, The Hidden Half of Nature, The Death of Cancer, and The Secret of Our Success