Susan Milius

Life Sciences Writer, Science News

Life sciences writer Susan Milius has been writing about botany, zoology and ecology for Science News since the last millennium. She worked at diverse publications before breaking into science writing and editing. After stints on the staffs of The ScientistScienceInternational Wildlife and United Press International, she joined Science News. Three of Susan's articles have been selected to appear in editions of The Best American Science Writing.

All Stories by Susan Milius

  1. Animals

    Young aphids sacrifice themselves to make home repairs

    Young aphids swollen with fatty substances save their colony by self-sacrifice. They use that goo to patch breaches in the wall of their tree home.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Geneticists get closer to knowing how mosquitoes sniff out our sweat

    Scientists have found that a protein in the antennae of some mosquitoes detects a chemical in human sweat.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Testing mosquito pee could help track disease spread

    A new way to monitor the viruses that wild mosquitoes have picked up passes its first outdoor test. The method uses mosquito urine.

  4. Animals

    Bears that eat human ‘junk food’ may hibernate less

    Wild black bears snacking on leftovers of sugary, highly processed foods show possible signs of faster cellular wear.

  5. Animals

    How these maggots efficiently demolish a pizza

    Mobs of black soldier fly larvae create a living fountain that lifts slowpoke noneaters out of the way.

  6. Animals

    Bee parasite is more werewolf than vampire

    Inventing fake bee larvae prompts scientists to rethink how a mite — ominously named Varroa destructor — does its damage.

  7. Animals

    This spider feeds a type of milk to its babies

    Even after spiderlings start hunting for themselves, they return to mom for milk.

  8. Animals

    Bees stopped buzzing during the Great American Eclipse

    A rare study of bees during a total solar eclipse finds that the insects buzzed around as usual — until the darkness of totality arrived.

  9. Life

    Designing tomorrow’s burger

    Many people enjoy biting into a juicy hamburger. But getting it to the table can be hard on the environment. That's why scientists are at work developing new forms of beef and other meats, ones that don't require slaughtering animals.

  10. Animals

    Here’s how cockroaches fight off zombie-makers

    Stand tall. Kick, kick and kick some more. Scientists observed these successful tactics among some study subjects that avoided becoming true zombies.

  11. Animals

    These songbirds can fling and shake mice to death

    Loggerhead shrikes skewer small animals on barbed wire and give mice a serious shake-up.

  12. Animals

    Where did all of those king penguins go?

    Île aux Cochons in the southern Indian Ocean was once home to the largest known colony of king penguins. Most of those birds are now gone and no one knows why.