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Susan Lindquist, Scientist Who Made Genetic Discoveries Using Yeast, Dies at 67

Susan Lindquist, Scientist Who Made Genetic Discoveries Using Yeast, Dies at 67

Susan Lindquist, a National Medal of Science laureate, in 2015.

Ant Obstacle Course

Scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder, studied how ants collectively navigated around a variety of Lego blockades.
Trilobites: Sometimes Nature is Morbid. That’s Why There’s #BestCarcass.

Trilobites: Sometimes Nature is Morbid. That’s Why There’s #BestCarcass.

A frozen fox that was recovered from the Danube River in Germany in December.
Trilobites: Sometimes Nature is Morbid. That’s Why There’s #BestCarcass.

Trilobites: Sometimes Nature is Morbid. That’s Why There’s #BestCarcass.

A frozen fox that was recovered from the Danube River in Germany in December.
Trilobites: A Pioneering Woman of Science Re‑Emerges After 300 Years

Trilobites: A Pioneering Woman of Science Re‑Emerges After 300 Years

Maria Sibylla Merian, a German-born woman living in the Netherlands, had a successful career as an artist, botanist, naturalist and entomologist.
Trilobites: A Pioneering Woman of Science Re‑Emerges After 300 Years

Trilobites: A Pioneering Woman of Science Re‑Emerges After 300 Years

Maria Sibylla Merian, a German-born woman living in the Netherlands, had a successful career as an artist, botanist, naturalist and entomologist.
Basics: Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Basics: Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Dr. Daniel Kronauer, shown in a double exposure, above, studies ants with altered DNA in order to understand complex biological systems.
In Many Species, a Family Dinner Means Something Else

In Many Species, a Family Dinner Means Something Else

A Komodo dragon in Indonesia eating the carcass of another dragon.

Growth Secrets of the Hydra

The tiny hydra, a relative of jellyfish and a favorite in school biology labs, can regrow a whole animal from a piece, partly because even small remnants contain part of a protein scaffold that guides
The Stone: What Our Cells Teach Us About a ‘Natural’ Death

The Stone: What Our Cells Teach Us About a ‘Natural’ Death

Effigies in Scotland from the 17th century, when death was simpler.

ScienceTake: First Clear View of a One-Celled Harpooner in Action

A one-celled creature has a biological harpoon gun of remarkable complexity.
Global Health: In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic

Global Health: In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic

Tujah, the Komodo dragon. Scientists are studying a substance from his blood that has germ-killing abilities.
Global Health: In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic

Global Health: In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic

Tujah, the Komodo dragon. Scientists are studying a substance from his blood that has germ-killing abilities.
Matter: Why Are Some Mice (and People) Monogamous? A Study Points to Genes

Matter: Why Are Some Mice (and People) Monogamous? A Study Points to Genes

An oldfield mouse. It’s not just cute: Peromyscus polionotus is monogamous, an unusual trait among mammals.
Hunting Mushrooms, and What Makes Some Glow in the Dark

Hunting Mushrooms, and What Makes Some Glow in the Dark

A bioluminescent jack-o’-lantern mushroom found in Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, N.C.
Trilobites: Humans Have a Poor Sense of Smell? It’s Just a Myth

Trilobites: Humans Have a Poor Sense of Smell? It’s Just a Myth

The tools of smelling. Clockwise from top left: albatross, Eastern mole, human, moth and dog.
Feature: Can Prairie Dogs Talk?

Feature: Can Prairie Dogs Talk?

A Gunnison’s prairie dog in Flagstaff, Ariz., warns of an approaching predator.

How Bees Freshen Up

Research shows how honeybees use their hairy legs to clear pollen from their hairy eyes.