As marine heatwaves become more commonplace, coral reefs are expelling their microscopic and colorful algae and bleaching white. Scott Reef, Australia, April 2016. Credit: Australian Institute of Marine Science New research into the crucial partnership between coral and algae may one day help prevent coral bleaching. For the first time, […]

How do you study a group of organisms with over 300,000 species, dispersed across all seven continents, and with up to 50 times as much DNA content as the human genome? This is the question posed to biologists studying the evolutionary history of flowering plants, called angiosperms, whose rapid diversification […]

Oil and gas exploration in Ecuador. Credit: Julie Larson Maher/WCS Intact Forest Landscapes are critical for conserving biodiversity and fighting climate change. A new study from WCS and WWF reveals that nearly 20 percent of tropical Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) overlap with concessions for extractive industries such as mining, oil […]

Hundreds of temperate lakes around the world are showing trends toward anoxia, becoming warmer, murkier, and less hospitable to cold-water species. PHOTOGRAPH: ARTUR WIDAK/GETTY IMAGES KEVIN ROSE AND his team loaded their sensors into a boat and began rowing. It was late summer at Lake Giles, a small glacial lake in […]

Albert Einsein Previously Unknown Letter Reveals Einstein’s Thinking on Bees, Birds and Physics The 1949 letter by the physicist and Nobel laureate discusses bees, birds, and whether new physics principles could come from studying animal senses. It’s a position still being realized within physics to this day, with a growing […]

Migratory birds such as European robins can sense the Earth’s magnetic field. Now researchers show for the first time that a molecule from their visual apparatus is sensitive to magnetic field. Credit: Corinna Langebrake and Ilia Solov’yov Humans perceive the world around them with five senses — vision, hearing, taste, […]

Some of the birds collected at Chicago’s McCormick Place that are in the Field Museum collections, including an eastern meadowlark (far left) and an indigo bunting (far right). Credit: (c) Field Museum, Karen Bean When a University of Michigan-led research team reported last year that North American migratory birds have […]

The period preceding the emergence of behaviorally modern humans was characterized by dramatic climatic and environmental variability – it is these pressures, occurring over hundreds of thousands of years that shaped human evolution. New research published today in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal proposes a new theory of human cognitive evolution entitled ‘Complementary […]

A glasswing butterfly feeding at flowers in Costa Rica. The remarkable transparency of these butterflies allows them to be “invisible,” and the antiglare coating of their wings helps to prevent them from being given away by any glare of sunlight off their wings. Credit: Nipam Patel Many animals have evolved […]

An example of a chain of salps floating in the ocean. Credit: Photo by Lars Plougmann Florida State University researchers have more insight into a strange sea creature found in oceans around the world and what their presence means for the health of a marine ecosystem. Scientists have thought that salps […]