New research shows that members of a bee colony all have the same gut microbiome, which controls their smell—and thus their ability to separate family from foe.
Australia’s critically endangered regent honeyeaters are losing what amounts to their culture—and that could jeopardize their success at landing a mate...
Billions of emerging insects will likely trigger predator population surges—but some species mysteriously opt out of such bounties
Scientists have known for decades that oyster mushrooms feasted on roundworms—and they’ve finally figured out how their toxins work
Following Hurricane Maria, a Puerto Rican colony of rhesus macaques broadened their social networks. Could humans do the same post-COVID?
Closely related plants evolved to sacrifice patches of their own leaves, destroying specific caterpillar eggs
Underneath the shiny wrapper, a chocolate bunny is a fermented food
Fossilized pollen and leaves reveal that the meteorite that caused the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs also reshaped South America’s plant communities to yield the planet’s largest rain forest...
Blood and the gut dominate cell turnover
Nineteenth-century researcher Anna Atkins collected specimens of algae and imaged them using the then cutting-edge blueprinting process
These microbes are redefining our understanding of how bodies recognize potential pathogens
Culture collections of bacteria play an unheralded but crucial role in science
Southern long-finned pilot whales’ calls could help them outsmart an apex predator
Organoids made of tear-producing cells offer chances to study, and possibly treat, eye disorders
A phenomenon called proton tunneling could account for point mutations in strands of genetic material
Big-brained cephalopods could shine light on the evolution and neurobiology of intelligence, complexity, and more—and inspire medical and technological breakthroughs
It is one of the “most extreme” examples of regeneration ever seen
Scientists studied three varieties of house mice and found that those who had lived alongside humans the longest were also the craftiest at solving food puzzles. Christopher Intagliata reports...
Scientists still don’t know the full purpose of this changeable biological trait
When the sun disappeared, tiny coccoliths turned to hunting