The Science Life

  1. Ecosystems

    Tapirs may be key to reviving the Amazon. All they need to do is poop

    Brazilian ecologist Lucas Paolucci is collecting tapir dung to understand how the piglike mammals may help restore degraded rain forests.

  2. Paleontology

    Deep caves are a rich source of dinosaur prints for this paleontologist

    Several deep caves in France are proving to be a surprising source of dinosaur tracks.

  3. Animals

    Dancing peacock spiders turned an arachnophobe into an arachnologist

    Just 22, Joseph Schubert has described 12 of 86 peacock spider species. One with a blue and yellow abdomen is named after Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

  4. Climate

    These women endured a winter in the high Arctic for citizen science

    Two women have spent the winter on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to collect data for climate scientists around the world.

  5. Prometheoarchaeum syntrophicum

    Microbiologists took 12 years to grow a microbe tied to complex life’s origins

    Years of lab work resulted in growing a type of archaea that might help scientists understand one of evolution’s giant leaps toward complexity.

  6. Greenland rocks

    Debate over signs of early life inspires dueling teams to go to Greenland — together

    The remote site — which may or may not contain evidence of the most ancient life on Earth — could help scientists plan how to study such signs on Mars.

  7. honeybee

    A biochemist’s extraction of data from honey honors her beekeeper father

    Tests of proteins in honey could one day be used to figure out what bees are pollinating and which pathogens they carry.

  8. spiders in a tree

    Why one biologist chases hurricanes to study spider evolution

    For more rigorous spider data, Jonathan Pruitt rushes into the paths of hurricanes.

  9. uranium cube

    How scientists traced a uranium cube to Nazi Germany’s nuclear reactor program

    New research suggests that the Nazis had enough uranium to make a working nuclear reactor.

  10. Soprano pipistrelle bats

    A scientist used chalk in a box to show that bats use sunsets to migrate

    A new device for investigating bat migration suggests that the flying mammals orient themselves by the setting sun.

  11. Kazunori Akiyama

    Meet one of the first scientists to see the historic black hole image

    Kazunori Akiyama was one of the first scientists to see the black hole snapshot.

  12. Leghorn chicken
    Health & Medicine

    Chickens stand sentinel against mosquito-borne disease in Florida

    To learn where mosquitoes are transmitting certain viruses, Florida officials deploy chickens and test them for antibodies to the pathogens.