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. Things That Go Thump

    There's a whole world of animal communication by vibration that researchers are now exploring.

  2. Chemical SOS not just for farm, lab plants

    The chemical screams for help that scientists have detected from agricultural plants under attack by pests in lab settings have now been heard in the wild.

  3. Phew! Orchid perfume turns revolting

    Orchids that can smell so alluring that bees try to mate with them can also smell repulsive to the insects.

  4. Consumer survey: Caged mink value water

    Even after 70 generations in captivity, caged American mink still seem to miss the swimming they would do in the wild.

  5. Baboon rumps signal quality of motherhood

    The size of the swellings on a female baboon’s rump match her physical prowess for motherhood, a rare case of reproductive-quality advertisement in females.

  6. Quoll male die-off doesn’t fit pattern

    Males of a ferretlike marsupial called a quoll die off after one mating season-unusual behavior that suggests the need for new theories of why such deaths occur after mating.

  7. Stick insects: Three females remain

    An Australian expedition locates three females of a big, flightless stick insect species thought to have gone extinct.

  8. Why Fly into a Forest Fire?

    Scientists puzzle over why some wasps and beetles race to forest fires.

  9. Roach females pick losers with good scents

    Male Tanzanian cockroaches lose fights if they have too much of a particular pheromone, but females find it alluring.

  10. Can visiting a plant ruin an experiment?

    Merely walking up to a plant and handling its leaves may skew outcomes in studies of predators attacking plants.

  11. Inbred cattle don’t look bad at all

    A herd of feral cattle that hasn't had new blood for at least 300 years seems to have avoided the genetic risks of inbreeding.

  12. Genetic search for an equine Eve fails

    Genetic analysis suggests an unusual history for modern horses: lots of independent domestications instead of the usual few.