Lycopod Odyssey

Lycopod Odyssey

Meet earth’s ancient land pioneers: the lycopods. Jeff Banca from UC-Berkeley invites a tour of these enigmatic club mosses. More »

Carnivorous Sponges

Carnivorous Sponges

Starved sponges in the deep sea have a unique taste. A newly-discovered species off the coast of California prefers meatier meals. More »

The secret life of cats

The secret life of cats

Humans and cats have enjoyed each other’s company for millennia, but scientists have discovered some troubling secrets of free-roaming More »

Assembly-lines don’t work for ants!

Specialization may work in factories, but it does not make ant colonies more efficient. As the conventional wisdom about social insects More »

At last: Parasites get some respect!

Along the coast of Baja, California, a new study finds that parasites outweigh top predators. What does this mean for ecology, and what More »

New Zealand Bugs Do Mouse Work!

Small rodents spread lots of seeds in nature, but they were absent from New Zealand. Do giant grasshoppers replace mice and rats in More »

Extinct No More: Wild Woodpecker

The ivory-billed woodpecker is back — after 60 years. What does that say about extinctions, and about other rare forms of life? Seen More »

Plant Diversity Under Threat

Brown future: New study finds large increase in number of threatened plants, calculates that 22 to 62 percent of plant species are More »