biology

DNA

Biologists Have Started Their Attempt to Sequence the DNA of Every Living Thing on Earth

The Earth BioGenome Project aims to map the genome of 1.5 million plants, animals, and fungi.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.1.18
videos

Watch the Trippy Winners of a Microscopic Film Contest

Nikon's Small World in Motion honors the best movie or time-lapse photography taken through a microscope.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.28.18
The Most Unknown

Methane-Eating Ocean Microbes Could Play a Major Role in Climate Change

Caltech geobiologist and MacArthur Fellow Victoria Orphan sheds light on the tiny single-celled organisms that help keep Earth’s climate in check.
Becky Ferreira
9.27.18
What The Fuck

Science Has Gone Too Far: This Is Apparently the ‘Perfect Human Body’

Anthropologist Alice Roberts and a team of SFX model makers designed the “perfect human,” and it’s fucked up.
Samantha Cole
6.15.18
flows

Lava, Land, and Life Forms

Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is the latest example of a powerful natural force for creating new life.
Melissa Cronin
5.9.18
Bug sex

Male Fruit Flies Love to Cum, and Turn to Alcohol If They Can't

A new study creates a red light district for flies.
Becky Ferreira
4.19.18
creeps

Check Out These Weird-Ass Ancient Proto-Spiders Trapped in Amber

Spiders with tails, ew.
Michael Byrne
2.8.18
HOTY2017

This Biologist Wants to Grow Vegetables on Mars

His work could help astronauts grow tomatoes on the Red Planet one day.
Lisa Cumming
12.18.17
HOTY2017

The ‘Camera Trap Queen’ Who Shares Remote Wildlife With the World

Asia Murphy explores, studies, and photographs some of the wildest regions on Earth.
Becky Ferreira
12.11.17
life forms

A New Collection of Nature Illustrations Is a Window Into 19th Century Science

Gaze upon the dazzling prints of Ernst Haeckel, Darwin's artistic popularizer
Becky Ferreira
10.20.17
famous bugs

Why So Many New Species Are Named After Celebrities

Scientists just named some newly discovered spiders after Bernie Sanders, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Michelle Obama.
Jacob Dubé
9.26.17
drone rehab for birds

Therapy Drones Are Helping Injured Falcons Fly Again

How a falconer and a drone got an injured gyrfalcon back in the skies.
Sarah Hewitt
8.31.17