The Science Life

  1. harbor porpoise

    In marine mammals’ battle of the sexes, vaginal folds can make the difference

    Patricia Brennan and colleagues found certain female ocean mammals have vaginal folds that give them an advantage in mating

  2. La Brea Tar Pits

    Surgeon aims to diagnose deformities of extinct saber-toothed cats

    Using CT scans, one orthopedic surgeon is on a quest to diagnose deformities in long-dead saber-toothed cats.

  3. flasks of yeast

    This biochemist brews a wild beer

    Wild beer studies are teaching scientists and brewers about the tropical fruit smell and sour taste of success.

  4. electric eel zap

    A researcher reveals the shocking truth about electric eels

    A biologist records the electrical current traveling through his arm during an electric eel’s defensive leap attack.

  5. Yemeni women waiting for charity water
    Science & Society

    To combat cholera in Yemen, one scientist goes back to basics

    As the cholera epidemic rages on in war-torn Yemen, basic hygiene is the first line of defense.

  6. Curiosity selfie on lower Mount Sharp
    Planetary Science

    What Curiosity has yet to tell us about Mars

    Curiosity has revealed a lot about Mars in the last five years. But NASA’s rover still has work to do on the Red Planet.

  7. balloon practice

    Balloons will broadcast the 2017 solar eclipse live from on high

    Astrophysicist Angela Des Jardins is coordinating the first-ever livestream of a solar eclipse filmed from balloons.

  8. microglia
    Health & Medicine

    Researchers stumble onto a new role for breast cancer drug

    At first, ophthalmologist Xu Wang thought her experiment had failed. But instead, she revealed a new role for the breast cancer drug tamoxifen — protection from eye injury.

  9. Teleocrater rhadinus

    Early dinosaur relative sported odd mix of bird, crocodile-like traits

    Teleocrater rhadinus gives researchers a better picture of what early dinosaur relatives looked like.

  10. illustration of a pollinator drone in action

    Fleets of drones could pollinate future crops

    Chemist Eijiro Miyako turned a lab failure into a way to rethink artificial pollination.

  11. Roller coaster
    Health & Medicine

    Riding roller coasters might help dislodge kidney stones

    Researchers took a 3-D printed kidney containing tiny stones and urine for a spin on a roller coaster and found their patients’ stories of kidney stones passing on the ride to have merit.

  12. cormorants

    To study Galápagos cormorants, a geneticist gets creative

    To collect DNA from four cormorant species, this scientist called in bird scientists far and wide.