Forests with numerous tree species, and therefore a mix of water-management strategies, appear more tolerant of drought. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Pacific beetle cockroaches form groups and kick out unwanted suitors
The marine mammals have extraordinarily sensitive touch—which helps them nab prey in the absence of other sensory cues. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Gymnemic acid binds to the taste receptors on your tongue that perceive sweetness. As a result, it makes sweet things taste a lot less sweet
A newfound peace has spurred the hunt for disease-resistant wild cacao within the nation’s borders
To combat the ill effects of “fast fashion,” designers look for more sustainable methods
A mutation in a key gene may have endowed humans with superior endurance—allowing them to compete better with other animals on the savanna. Christopher Intagliata reports.
New research suggests genetic material from the mitochondria can trigger an immune response throughout the body
Springtime's arriving earlier across North America. But the degree of change isn't the same everywhere, which could spell trouble for migratory birds. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Communication with the placenta is key to ensuring body parts grow at the same rate
Interview: Joan Argetsinger Steitz weighs in on #MeToo and working with James Watson
Biologists are enlisting citizen scientists to poke around under the sink and behind the curtains, for wildlife living in the "great indoors." Karen Hopkin reports.
An ancient Arctic site suggests a complex relationship between humans and canines
The hammerhead relatives consume copious amounts of sea grass, and have the digestive machinery to process it—making them true omnivores. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Hawk moths hover while they feed, but they recover surprisingly quickly when knocked off-balance. Scientists use high-speed video and mini-cannons made of plastic toy parts to understand how hawk moths respond to disturbances mid-air. "Lens of Time: The Art of Staying Stable" was first published on bioGraphic © 2018 California Academy of Science.
When Hurricane Irma blew through the Turks and Caicos, lizards with shorter hindlimbs lucked out. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Senior Editor Gary Stix talks about the September special issue of Scientific American, devoted to the science of being human. And Brown University evolutionary biologist Ken Miller discusses human chromosome 2 and what it tells us about us.
An effort to develop new products to conserve a collection of lithographs has revealed two new species of fungi
Mosquitoes want your blood for its proteins...or simply to hydrate on a hot, dry day.