A gloomy octopus (Octopus tetricus) displays dark color and spreads its arms. Credit: David Scheel Octopuses are well-known masters of camouflage and skillful escape artists, but they aren’t exactly famous for their social skills. Scientists have long thought that this many-armed denizen of the deep was strictly solitary and didn’t interact […]


A far Eastern curlew. Credit: Copyright Dirk_S_Hovorka Claire Runge is a postdoctoral scholar at the National Centre for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, previously at the University of Queensland; James Watson is director of science and research with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and […]


Albert Einstein at the blackboard. Credit: NASA Name the smartest person ever. Chances are high that the name Albert Einstein popped into your head. For the past century, Einstein has endured as a public symbol of intelligence and inspiration. Now, on the 100th anniversary of what is arguably Einstein’s greatest accomplishment […]


Gallery AT DUSK IN North American forests, wood thrushes (Hylocichla mustelina) fill forests with a rising and falling “ee-oh-lay” song with a strange reverb. Like Tuvan throat singers, these pot-bellied brown birds have the ability to sing their own harmony and descant. Alas, wood thrush populations have dropped 55 percent since 1966, and […]