Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
A tidy-up of a New Zealand storage room led to the sale of naming rights for three new-to-science Galápagos Islands species.
Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts

A tidy-up of a New Zealand storage room led to the sale of naming rights for three new-to-science Galápagos Islands species.

A tidy-up of a New Zealand storage room led to the sale of naming rights for three new-to-science Galápagos Islands species.

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Seventeen “Extinct” European Plant Species Found Alive
Seventeen “Extinct” European Plant Species Found Alive
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 11, 2021
Plant species officially reported to be lost are in fact persevering in the wild, in seed banks or botanical gardens, or as other species now recognized to be taxonomic synonyms.
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.
<em>Why</em> <em>Fish Don&rsquo;t Exist</em> TS Book Club Discussion
Why Fish Don’t Exist TS Book Club Discussion
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jan 28, 2021
Join The Scientist on March 19 to discuss Lulu Miller’s book about a determined taxonomist whose life and work constitute a fable illustrating the hazards of categorization.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2020
Meet some of the people featured in the September 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Biologist Lynika Strozier Dies
Biologist Lynika Strozier Dies
Claire Jarvis | Jun 18, 2020
The Field Museum researcher and biology instructor, who died of complications associated with COVID-19, used DNA sequencing to identify new species of plants and birds.
The Hidden World of Millipede Sex
The Hidden World of Millipede Sex
Yao-Hua Law | Jun 1, 2020
Researchers use advanced imaging techniques to see what happens when a male and a female mate.
Ichthyologist Jack Randall Dies
Ichthyologist Jack Randall Dies
Kerry Grens | May 7, 2020
The taxonomist described more than 800 species of fish.
A Smiling Garden, 1558
A Smiling Garden, 1558
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2020
An analysis of the En Tibi herbarium’s plants and handwriting has given clues to the identity of its maker.
Opinion: Crafting a Cure for Plant Blindness
Opinion: Crafting a Cure for Plant Blindness
M. Timothy Rabanus-Wallace | Mar 1, 2020
The plant awareness revolution will be led by poets, philosophers, and hipsters; not just scientists.
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
Catherine Offord | Oct 17, 2019
The discovery of ancient clades of brittle stars at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean adds to concerns that commercial exploitation of the area could destroy numerous taxa before they’ve even been identified.
Newly Described Electric Eel Has Strongest Voltage Yet Measured
Newly Described Electric Eel Has Strongest Voltage Yet Measured
Kerry Grens | Sep 10, 2019
The same study also finds there are three species of Electrophorus, rather than one.
What Was Lost in the Fire that Destroyed Brazil&rsquo;s Largest Museum
What Was Lost in the Fire that Destroyed Brazil’s Largest Museum
Marcia Triunfol | Sep 4, 2018
Scientists work to help relocate colleagues who lost everything.
President of SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry Resigns
President of SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry Resigns
Kerry Grens | Mar 22, 2018
Quentin Wheeler’s firing of department chairs earlier this year didn’t sit well with university faculty members.  
Love in the Scientific Literature
Love in the Scientific Literature
Cassandra Willyard | Feb 12, 2018
There are countless ways for scientists to say, “I love you.” Naming a slime-mold beetle after your wife (and another after your ex-wife) is, apparently, one of them.  
Image of the Day: Mustachioed Monkey
Image of the Day: Mustachioed Monkey
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 18, 2018
A scientist confirms a new species of patas monkey in Ethiopia.
The New Species of 2017
The New Species of 2017
Jef Akst | Dec 26, 2017
A sampling of some of the fascinating critters identified by scientists this year
Shotgun Sequencing Outdone by Amplicon
Shotgun Sequencing Outdone by Amplicon
Catherine Offord | Aug 8, 2017
The shotgun approach, typically thought to be the superior method, may substantially underestimate diversity in environments that have not already been classified, researchers find.
Birders Break North American Record
Birders Break North American Record
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2016
A nude birder and an Australian zoo owner are competing to set the new bar for the number of species spotted in a single year.
<em>Brontosaurus</em> Regains Dinosaur Status
Brontosaurus Regains Dinosaur Status
Bob Grant | Apr 8, 2015
Paleontologists rescue Brontosaurus from the waste bin of history, suggesting it once again be classified as a distinct dinosaur species.