1. Ecosystems

    That sinking feeling

    The sea level rise expected in the coming century will swamp the Everglades unless current management is adjusted or climate change is curbed.

  2. Ecosystems

    Better than a local lady

    Orchids lure male pollinators by mimicking the scent of out-of-town female bees.

  3. Ecosystems

    BOOK LIST | Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: How Forests Function

    An argument that simple policies will not save complex forests.Rutgers Univ. Press, 2008, 280 p., $26.95 (paperback). TREES, TRUFFLES, AND BEASTS: HOW FORESTS FUNCTION

  4. Animals

    How they shine

    Believe it or not, science has barely begun to fathom the peacock’s tail. Subtle as a pink tuxedo, one might think. Big flashy thing. Peahens love it. What’s not to understand. INSPECTING IRRIDESCENCE Seen under a scanning electron microscope (right), the bristles of the wings of the butterfly Tomares ballus (left) resemble photonic crystals, materials […]

  5. Animals

    Pandamonium over a Tiny Pest

    A parasite threatens efforts to protect China's endangered icon.

  6. Earth

    Froggie Needs a Name – and Help

    To help raise awareness about the plight of frogs and toads, which are disappearing globally, Amphibian Ark is selling formal naming rights to an unusual frog.

  7. Animals

    Polar bears listed

    Polar bear declared "threatened," but Secretary limits decision's impact.

  8. Life

    Just ain’t natural

    Monster data crunch strengthens case that climate is disrupted.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Perchlorate: A Saga Continues

    Perchlorate is not yet a household word in many parts of the country. But it may becomes one if Sen. Barbara Boxer has her way. Perchlorate – an ingredient in solid rocket fuel, fireworks, flares and explosives – taints drinking-water supplies around the nation, not to mention plenty of foods. In animal tests, the pollutant […]

  10. Ecosystems

    Bring in the replacements

    Missing links in ecosystems disrupted by extinctions could be restored by introducing species that perform the same function, new field experiments suggest.

  11. Ecosystems

    Building Homes Where the Buffalo Roamed

    A new study finds that being environmentally conscious is no guarantee you’ll put your home where you mouth is.

  12. Ecosystems

    Eight-legged bags of poison

    Birds eating arachnids get high dose of toxic metal as mercury climbs up the food chain.