Life sciences writer Susan Milius has been writing about botany, zoology and ecology for Science News since the last millennium. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a double major in biology and English and 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. Two of Susan's articles have been selected to appear in editions of The Best American Science Writing.
Susan Milius' Articles
- It's AliveScuba divers call Ctenoides ales the disco or electric clam because the restless, curling lips of its mantle flash bright streaks.
- It's AliveA gliding snake gets some lift by spreading its ribs, but much about its flight remains a mystery.
- News in BriefPollinators tricked into mating with a plant become harder to fool a second time.
- NewsSingle-family homes and low-rise buildings do much more damage than skyscrapers.
- NewsInsects and green slime may justify the slow mammal’s risky descent from trees.
- It's AliveMany males of the tiny soil organisms sustain their species by leaving drops of sperm glistening here and there in the landscape in case a female chooses to pick one up.
- News in BriefDolphins swimming through bubbles burst old notion of underpowered muscles.
- NewsIbises time their flaps to catch a boost from a neighbor’s wing.
- NewsFrom Newfoundlands to Yorkshire terriers, canines swim with similar, distinctive gait.
- NewsLarvae of the tobacco hornworm caterpillar exhale nicotine, driving away predatory spiders.