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
Birds become good at avoiding danger by eavesdropping on the alarm calls of other birds—and the learning occurs without even seeing their peers or predators. Christopher Intagliata reports.
In the contentious discussions over what to do about Asian carp, facts and science are often distorted or even completely ignored
NPR science journalist Richard Harris talks about his book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions.
Conservationists are using behavior modification to bolster kangaroo mice, bears, elk and other critters
An analysis of the Hong Kong metro found microbes, including some with antibiotic resistance genes, freshly disperse throughout the system each day. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The limitations of personal genome service testing
About 5 percent of crows will attempt to copulate with other crows that have joined the choir invisible.
Certain proteins that coordinate the healing response are present at higher levels in oral tissue—meaning wounds in the mouth fix faster. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Policymakers have tried, unsuccessfully, to change this law for decades
More than 2,500 scientists signed a letter saying that an expanded U.S.–Mexico border wall would threaten both biodiversity and scientific research. Christopher Intagliata reports.
By analyzing the proteins in ancient dental plaque, archaeologists determined that British menus almost three millennia ago featured milk, oats and peas. Christopher Intagliata reports.