new species, disease & medicine
Graduate Student Identifies Dozens of New Fly Species
Graduate Student Identifies Dozens of New Fly Species
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2018
Over the past seven years, Xiao-Long Lin has characterized nearly 70 new species of nonbiting midges and developed DNA barcodes to aid in future ecological surveys.
Image of the Day: Dog-Faced Bats
Image of the Day: Dog-Faced Bats
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2018
The discovery of two new species within the Cynomops genus has expanded the total known number of dog-faced bat species to eight. 
The New Species of 2017
The New Species of 2017
Jef Akst | Dec 27, 2017
A sampling of some of the fascinating critters identified by scientists this year
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 24, 2017
From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.
A Newly Identified Species Represents Its Own Eukaryotic Lineage
A Newly Identified Species Represents Its Own Eukaryotic Lineage
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 20, 2017
The 10-micrometer-long flagellate cell might have a big story to tell about the evolution of eukaryotes.
Ecologists Welcome Seventh Great Ape Species into Our Family
Ecologists Welcome Seventh Great Ape Species into Our Family
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 2, 2017
The Tapanuli orangutan has been identified as the newest species of great ape, but also likely the most endangered. 
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Kerry Grens | Aug 14, 2017
A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Two New Dinosaur Species Identified
Two New Dinosaur Species Identified
Diana Kwon | May 3, 2017
Palaeontologists report their findings of Galeamopus pabsti, a new sauropod, and Jianianhualong tengi, a small feathered dinosaur.
Image of the Day: Sonic Snapper
Image of the Day: Sonic Snapper
The Scientist Staff | Apr 11, 2017
By rapidly snapping its large claw shut, the newly discovered pistol shrimp, Synalpheus pinkfloydi, can create enough sonic energy to stun—even kill—small fish.
Image of the Day: Whale Watching
Image of the Day: Whale Watching
The Scientist Staff | Mar 8, 2017
Scientists capture the True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) on film for the first time.