Giant manta ray swimming
Science Snapshot: Giant Manta Ray Sanctuary
Tourist photos help identify endangered manta rays and highlight the efficacy of recovery efforts at Komodo National Park.
ABOVE: Nick Longfellow
Science Snapshot: Giant Manta Ray Sanctuary
Science Snapshot: Giant Manta Ray Sanctuary

Tourist photos help identify endangered manta rays and highlight the efficacy of recovery efforts at Komodo National Park.

Tourist photos help identify endangered manta rays and highlight the efficacy of recovery efforts at Komodo National Park.

ABOVE: Nick Longfellow

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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.