social media, ecology, microbiology
Self-Improvement Through the Ages
Self-Improvement Through the Ages
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2014
A 50,000-generation-long experiment shows that bacteria keep getting fitter.
Bacteria by Design
Bacteria by Design
Jef Akst | Jan 30, 2014
A survey of bacteria in a University of Oregon building reveals that architecture influences the indoor microbiome.
Week in Review: January 20–24
Week in Review: January 20–24
Tracy Vence | Jan 24, 2014
Mistimed sleep disrupts human transcriptome; canine tumor genome; de novo Drosophila genes; UVA light lowers blood pressure; aquatic microfauna fight frog-killing fungus
Wither Social Media?
Wither Social Media?
Tracy Vence | Jan 22, 2014
Researchers apply epidemiological approaches to model user adoption and abandonment of sites like Facebook.
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
Jef Akst | Jan 21, 2014
A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies.
Older Trees Grow Faster
Older Trees Grow Faster
Bob Grant | Jan 20, 2014
Mature trees soak up more CO2 than younger ones, a study shows, overturning a bit of botanical dogma.
Gut Microbes Prevent Locust Swarms
Gut Microbes Prevent Locust Swarms
Jef Akst | Jan 15, 2014
Migratory locusts are less likely to aggregate into crop-devastating swarms when infected by the parasite Paranosema locustae.
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Tracy Vence | Jan 14, 2014
Researchers are now spotting fewer cases of imposex—in which female sea snails develop male sexual organs—as a result of a chemical ban instituted in 2008.
Large Carnivores Under Siege
Large Carnivores Under Siege
Bob Grant | Jan 13, 2014
As populations of top predators decline in ecosystems the world over, researchers chart the widespread effects.
Microbes Expel Swarms of Vesicles
Microbes Expel Swarms of Vesicles
Kerry Grens | Jan 10, 2014
Scientists present the first evidence that marine cyanobacteria release vesicles—billions and billions of vesicles.