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.
The birds are arriving in the Arctic up to 13 days earlier than they used to. But at a cost: hunger. Annie Sneed reports.
A genetically engineered strain of rice maintains high yields with less fertilizer
Fire ants tunnels got excavated efficiently by only a small percentage of the group doing most of the work, thus avoiding pileups in tight spaces.
Genetic information from the bones of macaws found in abandoned pueblos suggests they were bred and distributed as a commodity. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Milkweed grown with more carbon dioxide in the air supplies fewer toxins to monarch butterflies that need the toxins to fight off gut parasites.
Crows are what's known as "partial migrants"—as cold weather approaches, some crows fly south whereas others stay put. And that behavior appears to be ingrained. Christopher Intagliata reports.
About 80 percent of Earth's biomass is plant life, with humans about equal to krill way down the heft chart.
New findings give some weight to the idea that life was blasted here from another planet
The insects fashion and use "baffles"—sound controllers—made of leaves to produce sound more efficiently. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Interactions between termites and vegetation explain mysterious patterns throughout the world
Mosquitoes are more likely to bite hosts when they are thirsty, possibly increasing disease spread
A Gene-ius Activity from Science Buddies
Whale ancestors probably never had teeth and baleen at the same time, and only developed baleen after trying toothlessness and sucking in prey.
A variety of corn from Oaxaca, Mexico, has aerial roots that harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria, allowing the corn to suck nitrogen straight from the air. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Flora make up the majority of Earth’s biomass, followed by bacteria
As Ebola outbreaks occur again and again, the scramble for answers and medications is ongoing