Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
More and more people are traveling around the world to watch the luminous displays of fireflies, but tourism-related light pollution and habitat degradation threaten to snuff out the insects at some locations.  
Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices

More and more people are traveling around the world to watch the luminous displays of fireflies, but tourism-related light pollution and habitat degradation threaten to snuff out the insects at some locations.  

More and more people are traveling around the world to watch the luminous displays of fireflies, but tourism-related light pollution and habitat degradation threaten to snuff out the insects at some locations.  

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Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
Asher Jones | May 1, 2021
A tidy-up of a New Zealand storage room led to the sale of naming rights for three new-to-science Galápagos Islands species.
Pain Researcher Quits Academia, Takes Lab Home with Him
Pain Researcher Quits Academia, Takes Lab Home with Him
Jef Akst | May 1, 2021
After resigning from the University of New England last year, Geoffrey Bove continues to study the effects of massage on rats in a facility he set up in his house.
What a Video Game Can Reveal About Monkeys’ Minds
What a Video Game Can Reveal About Monkeys’ Minds
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2021
Researchers find that the animals can account for others’ behavior and circumstances in their strategies.
A Bright New Tool to Record Cellular Interactions
A Bright New Tool to Record Cellular Interactions
Lisa Winter | Apr 1, 2021
The G-baToN prototype transfers GFP between cells, illuminating cell-cell contacts.
Deep-Sea Jelly Reignites Debate on Remote Species Identification
Deep-Sea Jelly Reignites Debate on Remote Species Identification
Max Kozlov | Mar 1, 2021
Researchers say they have discovered a novel species of comb jelly using video footage, but they couldn’t recover a physical specimen. Is that enough?
Researchers Propose Automating the Naming of Novel Microbes
Researchers Propose Automating the Naming of Novel Microbes
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2021
With modern technologies unearthing novel bacterial and archaeal species by the dozens, hundreds, or even thousands, manually naming them all is no longer practical, scientists say.
Tardigrades’ List of Super Powers Grows Ever Longer
Tardigrades’ List of Super Powers Grows Ever Longer
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2021
Water bears can survive extreme temperatures, oxidative stress, UV radiation, and more, but as work in climate change biology shows, they’re not invulnerable to everything.
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Max Kozlov | Jan 1, 2021
Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.
Initiative Addresses Racial Disparities in Neuroscience
Initiative Addresses Racial Disparities in Neuroscience
Amanda Heidt | Dec 1, 2020
The African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative plans to boost inclusion in genomic studies and support a more diverse generation of neuroscientists.
Farming Associated with Long-Term Decline in Marmot Populations
Farming Associated with Long-Term Decline in Marmot Populations
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2020
Images from a Cold War spy satellite help researchers piece together the effects of land-use decisions in Kazakhstan.
Slingshot Spiders Pull More Gs than Cheetahs Do
Slingshot Spiders Pull More Gs than Cheetahs Do
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2020
Using their silk threads as a catapult, members of a family of orb-weaving arachnids rocket themselves and their webs through the air to capture prey.
Microbes Find Their Niche in Underwater Shipwrecks
Microbes Find Their Niche in Underwater Shipwrecks
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2020
Early investigations of the microbial communities in and around sunken boats reveal that there are patterns to where bacteria settle.
The Brain’s Immune Cells Stand Sentinel Against Viral Invasion
The Brain’s Immune Cells Stand Sentinel Against Viral Invasion
Ashley Yeager | Oct 1, 2020
Some viruses, possibly even SARS-CoV-2, can sneak into the brain through the nose. Recent studies show that microglia are ready for them when they do.
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Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2020
Researchers tease out the effects of the two cravings by having participants gamble for the chance to satisfy them.
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
The analysis adds new details to the picture of migration and mixing in a diverse country.
Ancient Grains Hint at Prehistoric Beer Brewing
Ancient Grains Hint at Prehistoric Beer Brewing
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2020
Microscopic analysis of charred, shapeless lumps from archaeological sites revealed ancient cereal grains that may have undergone malting to make beer.
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An isotopic analysis of eggshell beads dating back more than 30,000 years indicates that they helped build networks that stretched for hundreds of kilometers.
Fly Colonies Help Calculate Time of Death of Car Trunk Cadavers
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Using pigs as human proxies, forensic entomologists reveal how bodies in vehicles decompose differently from those dumped outside.
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Ashley Yeager | Jul 13, 2020
While concern over SARS-CoV-2 in dogs and cats has captured attention, scientists have also been investigating whether pets can transmit multidrug-resistant bacteria to us.