social media, ecology, microbiology
Introducing the “K Index”
Introducing the “K Index”
Tracy Vence | Jul 30, 2014
The Kardashian Index reflects how a scientist’s social media presence stacks up against her citation record.
Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered
Abundant, Widespread Virus Discovered
Jef Akst | Jul 29, 2014
Scientists identify a bacteriophage that is highly abundant in the gut bacteria of people around the world.
Week in Review: July 21–25
Week in Review: July 21–25
Tracy Vence | Jul 25, 2014
Blood-based Alzheimer’s diagnostics; CRISPR cuts out HIV; Leishmania and the sand fly microbiome; deconstructing the lionfish science fair debacle
Super Sniffers?
Super Sniffers?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 24, 2014
African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 
Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project
Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2014
A former graduate student says he feels slighted by a failure to attribute his contributions to a line of research regarding the salinity tolerances of an invasive species.
“Mucho” Ado About Nothing?
“Mucho” Ado About Nothing?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 15, 2014
Linking a mold identified in a sample of recalled yogurt to consumer-reported illnesses may be premature, scientists say.
Insecticides Harm Birds Indirectly
Insecticides Harm Birds Indirectly
Tracy Vence | Jul 10, 2014
The effects of neonicotinoid use on insect populations appear to be rippling through the food chain, scientists show.
New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes
New Catalog of Human Gut Microbes
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 9, 2014
An updated analysis of the gut microbiome extends the list of known bacterial genes to 9.8 million. 
Lichen Legion
Lichen Legion
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 2, 2014
Genetic analysis splits one species into 126.
The Sooner, The Better
The Sooner, The Better
Nicholette Zeliadt | Jul 1, 2014
New approaches to diagnosing bacterial infections may one day allow the identification of pathogens and their antibiotic susceptibility in a matter of hours or minutes.