Life sciences writer Susan Milius has been writing about botany, zoology and ecology for Science News since the last millennium. She worked at diverse publications before breaking into science writing and editing. After stints on the staffs of The Scientist, Science, International Wildlife and United Press International, she joined Science News. Three of Susan's articles have been selected to appear in editions of The Best American Science Writing.

All Stories by Susan Milius

  1. Animals

    Stinking decorations protect nests

    The common waxbill's habit of adorning its nests with fur plucked from carnivore scat turns out to discourage attacks from predators.

  2. Ecosystems

    Streamers could save birds from hooks

    A test on active longline fishing boats finds that an inexpensive array of streamers can reduce accidental deaths of seabirds by more than 90 percent.

  3. Animals

    Smart tags show unexpected tuna trips

    The first report on Atlantic bluefin tuna wearing electronic tags reveals much more dashing across the ocean than expected.

  4. Animals

    Bat bites bird. . .in migration attacks

    The largest bat in Europe may hunt down migrating birds.

  5. The trouble with small male spiders

    A test of an old view of sexual cannibalism—that it's a way of rejecting suitors—finds that small males lose out, but not from attacks by females.

  6. Funnel-web males send knockouts in air

    Male funnel-web spiders seem to waft some kind of gas toward females that renders the females limp, enabling the males to mate without being eaten.

  7. River dolphins can whistle, too, sort of

    In the most elaborate attempt so far to eavesdrop on Brazil's pink river dolphins, researchers have detected what may be a counterpart to seafaring dolphins' whistles.

  8. Do parents with extra help goof off?

    When researchers stepped in to help feed baby sparrows, the parents did not slack off but brought even more food.

  9. New robot frog gets into fights

    Researchers have finally managed to build a robot frog that can provoke male frogs to attack.

  10. Animals

    Roach gals get less choosy as time goes by

    As their first reproductive peak wanes, female cockroaches become more like male ones, willing to mate with any potential partner that moves.

  11. Animals

    Don’t look now, but is that dog laughing?

    Researchers have identified a particular exhalation that dogs make while playing as a possible counterpart to a human laugh.

  12. Alarming Butterflies and Go-Getter Fish

    Recent studies suggest that there may be more ways to create new species than Darwin imagined.