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What about Earth’s Microbiome?

The latest temperature readings from Antarctica are giving the world pause, along with the finding that 70 percent of the western Antarctic ice shelf has melted.

April 22, 2015 — Raina Maier
Call of the Orangutan: Welcome to Camp

Call of the Orangutan: Welcome to Camp

It's taken a bit longer than I'd initially anticipated, but I'm finally at my first field site, Sikundur in North Sumatra, which will be my home for the next eight months.

July 9, 2014 — James Askew

In Honor of Linnaeus, a Rogue’s Gallery of New Species

Today is the birthday of one of my science heroes: Carl Linnaeus. Born on May 23, 1707, the Swede turned natural history from a hobby into a science with his masterful systemization and documentation of what had until then been haphazard classification of plants, animals and fungi...

May 23, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

Caterpillars Use Ants as Butterfly Babysitters

It’s such wonderful warm weather in the UK at the moment, I thought it was time to celebrate with another butterfly post! I particularly wanted to take a closer look at the butterfly Phengaris arion which is rather unimaginatively known more commonly as the Large Blue...

May 18, 2014 — S.E. Gould

Scientists Learn How to Put an Octopus to Sleep

We can’t really ask an octopus to count backward from 10. Which is just one of the tricky things about putting an octopus under. If knocking an octopus out (for science) sounds like an unusual procedure, well, it is...

April 29, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Olinguito: New Kid on the Block

Olinguito: New Kid on the Block

The olinguito has become a science media darling this past week. And why not? It’s small and furry and doesn’t look quite like anything you’ve seen before.

August 20, 2013 — Brian Malow

Using Light to Monitor and Activate Specific Brain Cells

The past several years have brought two parallel revolutions in neuroscience. Researchers have begun using genetically encoded sensors to monitor the behavior of individual neurons, and they've been using brief pulses of light to trigger certain types of neurons to activate...

January 22, 2015 — Ben Thomas
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Lifestyle Changes. Lifetime Benefits.

Lifestyle Changes. Lifetime Benefits.

A New Outlook for Old Age