Life science

Meals for monsters

Friday, October 7, 2011
story and photos by Pete Zrioka

Gila monsterWill desert-dwelling Gila monsters have enough food and water as the climate changes?

Glowing mushrooms and T. rex leech

Friday, May 27, 2011
by Carol Hughes

lizard eyeGlow-in-the-dark mushrooms, a fish that’s flat as a pancake, Titanic-eating bacterium, and a T. rex leech with enormous teeth are some of the coolest new species discovered in 2010. See them all here!


Python parenting

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
by Allie Nicodemo, photos by Pete Zrioka

Snake faceMammals are known for their parenting, but reptiles have a few cool tricks of their own for caring for their young.


Bee role

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
by Diane Boudreau

BeesStudying how a bee grows up to be a queen can teach us a lot about how genes interact with the environment.

Creepy crawlers take contest to another dimension

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jewel waspThis year's Ugly Bug Contest features insects that look like they come from the Twilight Zone. See these creatures up close and cast your vote for the creepiest critter.


Insect research gives humans six legs up

Friday, September 24, 2010
by Diane Boudreau

leafcutter antAnts are one of evolution's greatest success stories. Now scientists are studying these social insects to help them develop everything from antibiotics to robots.


The top 10 new species of 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
by Carol Hughes

Frogfish copyright David Hall / seaphotos.comA minnow with fangs. A carnivorous sponge. A deep-sea worm that releases green luminescent “bombs” when it is threatened. These are just a few of the top 10 most interesting new species discovered in 2009.


Seeing Science: Confocal microscopy

Friday, March 12, 2010
by Richard Harth

Get up close and personal with brain tissue, kidney cells, cyanobacteria and more. This slideshow lets you glimpse the realm of the tiny through confocal microscope images.

Meet the "insect wrangler"

Friday, January 29, 2010
by Margaret Coulombe, illustration by Adrian Smith

Peer inside bee colonies and meet ants and mole-rats at the Southwest's first Social Insect Science EXPO.


A creepy competition

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
by Dan Moore

honey beeHelp choose this year's champion of creepiness in the Ugly Bug Contest.

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