Mar 6, 2017
The annual Twitter event returns with 64 mammal species ready to fight to the virtual death for your entertainment and education.
Read MoreMar 22, 2016
At a regional meeting in the southeastern United States, bug experts revealed new research in taxonomy, invasion biology, disease ecology, and microbiomics.
Read MoreOct 21, 2015
A hotly contested megadam threatens an incubator for evolutionary diversity in Brazil.
Read MoreOct 14, 2015
The history of the Belo Monte dam is fraught with controversy and legal battles, dating back to 1979.
Read MoreOct 10, 2015
[VIDEO] Determining whether your food is safe to eat could soon be as simple as activating an app and
pointing your mobile phone at the meal on your plate. In the latest in our series of Google Hangouts with Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers, Omowunmi Sadik discusses biosensors—what they are, how they work, and how they can help us determine whether our food contains unsafe levels of pathogens. Along the way, Dr. Sadik also talks about electrochemical "fingerprints," nanotechnology ethics, regulatory processes, and the patenting process, as well as her early years of studying science in Lagos, Nigeria.
Read MoreSep 17, 2015
While it is laudable to have focused and measurable goals for such a far-reaching federal strategy, in terms of lands and agencies implicated, the three goals of the White House pollinator plan are surprisingly limited in scope.
Read MoreAug 16, 2015
Researchers in the regenerative medicine field are now amplifying their efforts with 3D-printing technology, which can now use organic materials to create scaffolds that cells need to grow into their final forms.
Read MoreAug 6, 2015
Finding a dead body within a suspected area is challenging, and new tools can help forensics teams cast a wider net.
Read MoreJun 16, 2015
As an insect ecologist, the driving force behind my career choices is to conserve insects and biodiversity, but I often feel like those who sound the call to “Save the bees!” are missing the point. In honor of National Pollinator Week, I’d like to add some nuance that seems to be missing from the conversation so far, particularly with regard to pollinators and pesticides.
Read MoreJun 9, 2015
I predicted that any insect that flies at night must have a way of dealing with their fiercest nocturnal predators—bats. More recent findings by Akito Kawahara of the University of Florida and my former graduate student Jesse Barber of Boise State University confirm this prediction in two exciting ways.
Read MoreMay 29, 2015
The number-crunching power of large clinical trials can sometimes blur unique features that affect the outcome of treatment for a particular patient.
Read MoreMay 10, 2015
Your parents went halfsies on much of your biological material (for example, your chromosomes), but one of the most
important pieces of your cellular machinery came almost exclusively from your mom: mitochondria. Happy Mother's Day to your mom and your mitochondria!
Read MoreMay 2, 2015
To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day we couldn’t resist recommending some reads worth seeking out (or ordering from) your favorite independent bookstore. And as usual, our celebration here at Science Culture comes with a twist: We’re going all-indie today, focusing specifically on science, math, and tech books issued by independent publishers—truly the unsung (and occasionally unpaid) heroes of the book-producing world. Culled from a long and worthy list, here are six recommendations for the day.
Read MoreApr 22, 2015
It’s doubtful we would have Earth Day without Rachel Carson. Her pioneering 1962 book Silent Spring sparked the environmental movement and infused ecological ideas into mainstream thinking. So to recognize this date, I combed through the archives of American Scientist to get a sense of how scientists have discussed Carson and Silent Spring over time.
Read MoreApr 10, 2015
Tumor cells, like many lost souls, have vices that push them toward misbehavior. However, the vices tumor cells need are hard to shut down completely and systemically without harming innocent bystander cells. Surprisingly, researchers are finding that gene transcription can be abused by tumor cells that transcribe the wrong or broken genes.
Read MoreMar 24, 2015
For living in such a well-recognized center of biodiversity, it is surprising that so few scientists in Cameroon, where I’ve done fieldwork for a decade, and neighboring countries have been involved in the process of describing new species.