How did Florida fail to respond to a coral disease epizootic and what’s to follow?

IMAGE: A colony of the large grooved brain coral, Colpophyllia natans, infected by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. The photo shows the progressive, rapid advance of disease, left-to-right, across the colony…. view more  Credit: William Precht By 2020, massive losses of large populations of corals have been observed throughout Florida and into the greater Caribbean basin. […]

Genetic rewiring behind spectacular evolutionary explosion in East Africa

IMAGE: Sampling cichlid fish tissues for genome and transcriptome sequencing in Tanzania and Zanzibar Archipelago. Tilapia and haplochromine cichlid fish species were sampled for associated studies on characterising genomic signatures of… view more  Credit: Dr Graham Etherington and Dr Tarang Mehta, Earlham Institue (EI) Genetic rewiring could have driven an evolutionary explosion in the shapes, sizes […]

Glass frogs living near roaring waterfalls wave hello to attract mates

Berkeley — Most frogs emit a characteristic croak to attract the attention of a potential mate. But a few frog species that call near loud streams — where the noise may obscure those crucial love songs — add to their calls by visually showing off with the flap of a hand, a wave of a […]

Stuck in a rut: Ocean acidification locks algal communities in a simplified state

IMAGE: Image photo of algal communities view more  Credit: University of Tsukuba Tsukuba, Japan – Out with the old, in with the new, as the New Year’s saying goes, but not where the marine environment is concerned. Researchers from Japan have discovered that ocean acidification keeps algal communities locked in a simplified state of low biodiversity. […]

Guppies have varying levels of self-control

IMAGE: Trinidadian guppies view more  Credit: University of Exeter Just like humans trying to stick to New Year’s resolutions, guppies have varying levels of self-control, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Ghent University studying the behaviours of Trinidadian guppies tested “inhibitory control” (suppressing unhelpful impulses or urges). The tiny fish first […]

Like plants do: non-classical photosynthesis by earth’s inorganic semiconducting minerals

IMAGE: Earth-abundant minerals convert sunlight into chemical energy, hinting at the evolution of photosynthesis in early bacteria view more  Credit: Earth Science Frontiers Photosynthesis, the process by which plants and other organisms convert sunlight into chemical energy, has been a major player during the evolution of life and our planet’s atmosphere. Although most of the ins […]

Scientists discover bizarre new mode of snake locomotion

IMAGE: The brown tree snake, which is nocturnal, was accidentally introduced to Guam in the late 1940s or early 1950s. view more  Credit: Bjorn Lardner, United States Geological Survey A team of researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Cincinnati have discovered a new mode of snake locomotion that allows the brown tree snake […]

Peter Raven addresses earth’s dwindling resources, the value of science-informed outreach

The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. In a career-spanning installment of the journal BioScience‘s In Their Own Words oral history series, Missouri Botanical Garden President Emeritus Peter Raven illuminates numerous topics, sharing insights related to the sustainability of human civilization, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of […]