A dove perched on a branch

Christmas Bird Count and Citizen Science Through The Years

The Christmas Bird Count is upon us! From Dec. 14 until Jan. 5, birders of all stripes will be participating in a long-running "citizen science" project.
A Giant Salamander sticks out his neck

Within The Animal Kingdom, Sometimes Father Knows Best

Who’s your daddy? If you’re a giant salamander, he’s the one who fanned your nest with his tail, of course.
Stag beetle with pinchers lifted

Arms Races Among (Other) Animals

While the concept of an arms race might seem uniquely human, it is actually widely documented in the rest of the animal kingdom as well.
Lava flowing into water while steam rises into the fog

Life with Lava

Lava from the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii has been used to answer questions about life on Mars.
Stethoscope on top of a chest x-ray

Travel, Quarantine, and the Future of Tuberculosis

A 2007 tuberculosis case teaches us about contagion, travel, and quarantine.
Bird's eye view of a busy and lit up city

Are Artificial Light Cycles Making Us Sick?

Is an artificial day/night cycle affecting our health?
operation argus

Declassifying Operation Argus

Operation Argus marked the first time the earth’s magnetic field was visualized experimentally. 
Mohawk Mesolite, a crystalized mineral spray.

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography

UNESCO has declared 2014 to be the International Year of Crystallography.
A close-up of a cell fossil

The Mystery of Megasphaera

When did animals first come into being? It might have been millions of years earlier than we thought.