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A Cape ground squirrel sits upright on its hind legs, holding its forelimbs up to its face.
Animals Are Shape-Shifting in Response to a Warming World
Forced to respond to a climate that’s changing faster than it ever has, it remains unclear whether species’ adaptations can keep pace.
Animals Are Shape-Shifting in Response to a Warming World
Animals Are Shape-Shifting in Response to a Warming World

Forced to respond to a climate that’s changing faster than it ever has, it remains unclear whether species’ adaptations can keep pace.

Forced to respond to a climate that’s changing faster than it ever has, it remains unclear whether species’ adaptations can keep pace.

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Photo of a shallow, drying pond blocked off by a low fence in a hilly grassland with trees in the background.
Severe Drought, Heat Upended Research This Summer
Dan Robitzski | Oct 13, 2022 | 8 min read
Researchers scramble to adapt as bouts of severe heat and aridity increasingly become the norm.
Close-up of baby olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Moving Sea Turtle Eggs May Affect Hatchling Development
Margaret Osborne | Jul 28, 2022 | 5 min read

Hatchlings from eggs incubated in a natural nest were larger, exhibited faster neuronal development, and performed better on a motor activity test than those from eggs that were incubated in a hatchery, a study finds.

Artist’s rendering of an early mammal called a mammaliamorph
Warm-Bloodedness in Mammals May Have Arisen in Late Triassic
Andy Carstens | Jul 21, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers mapped ear canal shape to body temperature to predict when ancestors of mammals first became endothermic.
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New Models Improve Long-Term Grass Pollen Forecasts
Asher Jones | Mar 26, 2021 | 5 min read
More-accurate predictions of the severity of an upcoming grass pollen season based on rainfall and temperature could help allergy sufferers manage their symptoms.
Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2021 | 4 min read
A volunteer nature guide teamed up with researchers to discover a unique reproductive role for one vine’s leaves.
Discovered: Brain Cells that Control Hibernation-Like States
Ruth Williams | Jun 11, 2020 | 3 min read
Two independent teams identify neuron populations in the mouse brain that regulate the physiological changes associated with torpor.
Daniel Colón-Ramos Reveals the Mysteries of Worms’ Memories
Claudia Lopez-Lloreda | May 1, 2020 | 3 min read
The Yale neuroscientist seeks to understand the brain’s architecture and function using C. elegans.
Rising Temperatures Expected to Spur More Early Births
Ashley Yeager | Dec 2, 2019 | 2 min read
From 1969 to 1988, 25,000 infants were born early each year as a result of hot weather, and with global warming pushing temperatures higher, more babies will be at risk for early birth.
Dramatic Temperature Spikes Inside Cells Draw Interest, Skepticism
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2019 | 5 min read
Using a tiny thermometer, researchers record fluctuations of more than 7 Kelvin in sea slug neurons when a heat-generating mitochondrial process is switched on.
Image of the Day: Changing Forests
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019 | 1 min read
Carbon dioxide and temperature need to increase in a constant ratio for plants to keep up with climate change.
Doctors Test if Rapid Chilling Can Save Trauma Patients’ Lives
Ashley Yeager | Nov 21, 2019 | 2 min read
A clinical trial is underway to see if suspended animation, in which the body is cooled to 10–15 °Celsius, could slow patients’ decline and give doctors time to operate.
Image of the Day: Pika Populations
Emily Makowski | Sep 24, 2019 | 1 min read
Geography plays a role in how the small mammals adapt to environmental changes.
Image of the Day: Stress-Resistant Corals
Emily Makowski | Sep 19, 2019 | 2 min read
Some corals can adjust to a range of temperatures, but this ability may be limited in a consistently warmer environment.
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Turtle Embryos May Have a Say in Deciding Their Sex
Katarina Zimmer | Aug 1, 2019 | 4 min read
In a species of freshwater turtle, embryos can move toward warmer or cooler environments within the egg and thus help choose their sexual destiny, but not all experts are convinced.
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Image of the Day: Hot Stripes
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 14, 2019 | 1 min read
Biologists study how a zebra’s hair helps it keep cool.
Slowing Global Warming Could Save a Majority of Earth’s Species
Ashley Yeager | May 17, 2018 | 1 min read
Following the ultimate goal of the Paris Agreement would benefit plants and animals around the world, according to a new study.
Image of the Day: What Does a Bee See? 
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Dec 21, 2017 | 1 min read
Scientists identify floral temperature patterns as a sensory cue that may help bees identify flower species. 
Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat 
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Dec 4, 2017 | 1 min read
Factors such as humidity and temperature can affect how Rhinolophus clivosus use echolocation. 
Out in the Cold
Karen Zusi | Mar 1, 2016 | 2 min read
Serotonin’s long-debated role in sleep promotion is temperature-dependent.
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