What happens when they take off those ornaments is more complicated than you'd think.
Once upon a time, a jellyfish became a parasite, and its descendants became unrecognizable.
Let it not be said that nothing good ever came from an oil spill, as this newly described species of deep-sea anglerfish shows
A tiny worm called Steinernema can fling itself nearly ten times its own length and seven times its height in pursuit of a new host.
Whirligig beetles are not obscure -- not only are they abundant and widespread, they call attention to themselves in the boldest possible way. And yet a new species has just been discovered in our very own back yard...
If you sift the mineral particles from conifer forest soil, wash them, and examine them under a microscope, you will discover a startling detail: tiny tunnels.
Stygiomedusa gigantea is a titanic jellyfish seen only about 100 times in the last 100 years which lacks tentacles entirely but appears to be hauling four 33-foot long bolts of funeral bunting instead...
Tell me what you think of my blog -- for science!
At last, scientists have identified the stylist that gives hornbeam and elderberry salon-worthy hair.
The weak light of the eclipsed moon revealed the "glow worms" I'd long sought to see.
Every so often, the observant naturalist will stumble on a treasure worthy of a BBC documentary.
There are few places that seem less likely for a zoanthid coral attack than Anchorage, Alaska. And yet the corals managed to poison around a dozen people in Anchorage over the last few years...
These little planthopper nymphs appear to be the offspring of an ent and a tribble, or perhaps shaggy sheep having bad hair days. Sheep that leap.
The identity of Earth's first flower has long vexed botanists. A new interpretation of an old fossil adds to the evidence that they may have come from the water.
On August 5, I was interviewed live by the Weather Channel about the 13 fungal infections caused by the 2011 Joplin tornado that I wrote about a few weeks ago. Here's that interview.
To a tiny worm called a nematode, slugs may be the ultimate sexy ride: moist, secure, and maybe even pre-loaded with snacks.
August 1 commences a two-month series of live-streamed ROV dives by NOAA's Okeanos Explorer in the deep waters off Hawaii.
The most unexpected beneficiary of the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., in May 2011 was a fungus named Apophysomyces
The sea sapphire combines the brilliance of a morpho butterfly, the cuteness of copepod, and the cloaking skills of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. But just how does it pull it off?
An evolutionary arms race 500 million years ago seems to have unexpectedly caused today's gelatinous comb jellies to armor up -- and they weren't alone.