Close up of ant mandible
Science Snapshot: The Need for Speed
Understanding the biomechanics of the trap-jaw ant could help humans build better, faster robots.
Science Snapshot: The Need for Speed
Science Snapshot: The Need for Speed

Understanding the biomechanics of the trap-jaw ant could help humans build better, faster robots.

Understanding the biomechanics of the trap-jaw ant could help humans build better, faster robots.

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Shark at the surface of the water next to a boat
Science Snapshot: An Arctic Shark’s Tropical Vacation
Lisa Winter | Jul 26, 2022
Though Greenland sharks generally live in icy waters, one was recently caught in the Caribbean.
Two researchers hold up giant waterlily
Science Snapshot: Holily Molily
Lisa Winter | Jul 21, 2022
The largest waterlily species in the world was incorrectly classified for more than 170 years.
Underwater brine pool
Science Snapshot: The Beach Beneath
Lisa Winter | Jul 13, 2022
By better understanding underwater brine pools, researchers could learn more about the evolution of life in our oceans and the potential for life on other planets.
Brain imaging of a fruit fly
Science Snapshot: When Pregnant Flies Crave Ice Cream and Pickles
Lisa Winter | Jul 7, 2022
A visualization technique shows how fruit flies choose which food to eat.
Small orange frog next to a pencil tip
Science Snapshot: Small Frogs Can’t Jump (Gracefully)
Lisa Winter | Jun 15, 2022
The inner ears of these miniature Brazilian frogs are too small to provide good balance while jumping.
Close up of mastodon tusk
Science Snapshot: Mastodons on the Move
Lisa Winter | Jun 15, 2022
These Pleistocene Epoch giants likely traveled great distances each year to reach breeding grounds.
Microscopic view of Candida albicans
Science Snapshot: Taming the Fungus Amongus
Lisa Winter | Jun 8, 2022
Human mucus contains glycans that could one day treat harmful Candida albicans infections.
Salamander on log
Science Snapshot: Free Fallin’ Salamanders
Lisa Winter | May 26, 2022
Arboreal salamanders use skydiving techniques to avoid smashing to the ground after a fall.
Microscopic image of nerves in the eye, a pathogen, and t cells
Science Snapshot: Eye Immunity
Lisa Winter | May 26, 2022
Researchers find that tissue-resident memory T cells in the corneas of mice engender a lasting immune response.
Giant manta ray swimming
Science Snapshot: Giant Manta Ray Sanctuary
Lisa Winter | May 20, 2022
Tourist photos help identify endangered manta rays and highlight the efficacy of recovery efforts at Komodo National Park.
large brown moth
Science Snapshot: Insect Resurrection
Lisa Winter | May 20, 2022
The potentially-invasive moth hasn’t been seen in a century.
Magenta (DNA) and green (lysosome) fluorescent markers indicate that cells eject waste products from the cell before late mitosis.
Science Snapshot: Mitotic Housekeeping
Lisa Winter | May 11, 2022
Researchers reveal that a measurable drop in the dry mass of a cell prior to mitosis is caused by waste products being jettisoned before the cell divides.
Image of a juvenile vaquita
Science Snapshot: Down but Not Out
Lisa Winter | May 6, 2022
Inbreeding depression won’t bring the 10 remaining vaquitas to extinction.
Readout of acoustic camera indicating individual male frogs and the frequency of their mating call
Science Snapshot: Identifying Individual Frogs In A Chorus
Lisa Winter | Apr 29, 2022
Using an acoustic camera, researchers were able to locate individual male wood frogs by their mating calls and determine which songs the females liked best.
Dust storm in Senegal
Science Snapshot: Globetrotting Sandstorms
Lisa Winter | Apr 22, 2022
What happens when dust travels from the Sahara to the Florida Everglades?
Gasteranthus extinctus, a plant with bright orange flowers and deep green leaves
Science Snapshot: Not “Extinctus” After All
Lisa Winter | Apr 19, 2022
Assumed to have gone extinct more than 30 years ago, Gasteranthus extinctus has been rediscovered by scientists working in Ecuador.
Close up view of fruit fly
Science Snapshot: Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid
Lisa Winter | Apr 13, 2022
Experimentally nudging the patterning within the compound eyes of insects.
Newly named jellyfish Tima nigroannulata swimming in Japan’s Kamo Aquarium.
Aquarium Jellyfish Turns Out to Be Undescribed Species
Lisa Winter | Jun 18, 2021
The newly characterized “elegant jellyfish,” roughly the size of a human hand, had been on display in two aquariums in Japan for more than a decade.