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. Matabele ant

    Ants practice combat triage and nurse their injured

    Termite-hunting ants have their own version of combat medicine for injured nest mates.

  2. hummingbird

    Trove of hummingbird flight data reveals secrets of nimble flying

    Tweaks in muscle and wing form give different hummingbird species varying levels of agility.

  3. toad and bombardier beetle

    It’s a bad idea for a toad to swallow a bombardier beetle

    Toads are tough. But there are some insects even they shouldn’t swallow.

  4. Chimerarachne yingi

    This ancient creature looks like a spider with a tail

    A newly discovered ancient creature looks like a spider and has silk spinners and spidery male sex organs.

  5. polar bear

    A peek into polar bears’ lives reveals revved-up metabolisms

    Polar bears have higher metabolisms than scientists thought. In a world with declining Arctic sea ice, that could spell trouble.

  6. two killer whales

    A killer whale gives a raspberry and says ‘hello’

    Tests of imitating sounds finds that orcas can sort of mimic humans.

  7. cheetah

    Slower speed, tricky turns give prey a chance against cheetahs and lions

    A bonanza of data on wild predators running shows that hunting is more than sprinting.

  8. centipede attacking lab mouse
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s the key ingredient that lets a centipede’s bite take down prey

    A newly identified “spooky toxin” launches a broad attack but might be eased with a version of a known drug.

  9. sparrow

    Light pollution can prolong the risk of sparrows passing along West Nile virus

    Nighttime lighting prolongs time that birds can pass along virus to mosquitoes that bite people.

  10. worker honeybee

    The mystery of vanishing honeybees is still not definitively solved

    The case has never been fully closed for colony collapse disorder, and now bees face bigger problems.

  11. Paleontology

    Tiny scales in ancient lagoon may be the first fossil evidence of the moth-butterfly line

    Fancy liquid-sipper mouthparts might have evolved before the great burst of flower evolution

  12. Blowfly

    Blowflies use drool to keep their cool

    Personal air conditioning the blowfly way: Dangle a droplet of saliva and then reswallow.