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. cockroach

    How roaches fight off wasps that turn their victims into zombies

    Cockroaches kick attacking emerald jewel wasps to avoid being incapacitated and buried alive as living meat for the wasps’ young.

  2. adult coral

    Coral larvae survive being frozen and thawed for the first time

    Cryopreservation might help save some coral reefs at risk from climate change and other dangers.

  3. burying beetles

    In cadaver caves, baby beetles grow better with parental goo

    A dead mouse — with the right microbial treatment from beetle parents — becomes a much better nursery than your average carcass.

  4. Pallas's long-tongued bat hovering

    How nectar bats fly nowhere

    Exquisitely sensitive tech makes first direct measurements of the forces of bat wingbeats.

  5. honeybee

    What bees did during the Great American Eclipse

    A rare study of bees during a total solar eclipse finds that the insects buzzed around as usual — until totality.

  6. red-bellied lemur

    Lemur study suggests why some fruits smell so fruity

    A new test with lemurs and birds suggests there’s more to fruit odors than simple ripening.

  7. feral cat

    Feral cats appear to be pathetic at controlling New York City’s rats

    When cats are on the prowl, rats may become harder to see, but roaming cats actually killed only a few.

  8. Jenny Tung

    Jenny Tung wants to know how social stresses mess with genes

    Evolutionary anthropologist Jenny Tung is untangling the many health effects of life as a social animal.

  9. impossible burger

    Can science build a better burger?

    Researchers hope to replace whole animal agriculture and feed the world with lab-made meats or plants.

  10. a loggerhead skrike

    These songbirds violently fling and then impale their prey

    A loggerhead shrike that skewers small animals on barbed wire gives mice whiplash shakeups.

  11. wheat

    As temperatures rise, so do insects’ appetites for corn, rice and wheat

    Hotter, hungrier pests likely to do 10 percent to 25 percent more damage to grains for each warmer degree.

  12. killifish

    This killifish can go from egg to sex in two weeks

    The fastest known maturing vertebrate in the lab is even faster in the wild.