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For Lichens, 3's Not a Crowd

Biologists have identified a third species—a yeast—in some lichens, shaking up what's always been known as a two-party system. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 21, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Live Fast, Die Young

Research into aging requires patience, but a small cadre of scientists is angling to speed up answers by developing the flamboyant, short-lived turquoise killifish as a new mode

July 21, 2016 — Amber Dance and Nature magazine

Vaccinate Prairie Dogs to Save Ferrets

As was widely reported on social media, the U.S. is indeed going to use aerial drones to spread vaccine-laced pellets among prairie dogs to save endangered ferrets, although, contrary to some reports, no M&Ms will be involved.  

July 19, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Bumblebees Collide Midair Like Bumper Cars

Slow-motion footage of bees reveals their high-speed collisions and in-flight recovery systems. “Lens of Time: Bumper Bees” was first published on bioGraphic © 2016, California Academy of Sciences.

July 18, 2016 — bioGraphic

Bees Rank Pollen by Taste

The discerning insects returned to flowers with sweetened pollen, but avoided revisiting flowers with bitter pollen. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 13, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata