Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species' chances to survive and reproduce.

  1. Microbes

    Staph infections? The nose knows how to fight them

    Bacteria living in some people’s noses make a compound that could help fight a nasty type of infection that laughs at other antibiotics.

  2. Genetics

    GM mosquitoes cut rate of viral disease in Brazil

    Adults males carrying the altered gene cannot father young that survive to adulthood. That’s when they suck blood — and can transmit disease.

  3. Plants

    Climate closing the gender gap for this mountain flower

    Among valerian plants, males like it hotter than the females do. So a warming climate has been speeding their migration up once-cool mountainsides.

  4. Animals

    Frigate birds spend months without landing

    Frigate birds can fly non-stop for months. They stay in the air with the help of upward-moving airflows, a new study finds.

  5. Environment

    Scientists Say: Poisonous

    A poison-arrow frog is poisonous, but a rattlesnake is not. What’s the difference? It’s how the poison is delivered.

  6. Animals

    This mammal has the world’s slowest metabolism

    A sloth species manages to exist with a super-slow metabolism by moving little and using its environment for heating and cooling its body.

  7. Chemistry

    Scientists Say: Toxin

    It is safe to refer to any poison as toxic. But while all toxins are poisonous, most poisons are not toxins.

  8. Animals

    Singing lemurs sync up — until one goes solo

    The indri lemurs of Madagascar sing in chorus to mark their territory. But young males sometimes solo, which may help them attract a mate.

  9. Animals

    Leapin’ eels! Video shows they attack with zaps

    When a predator threatens an electric eel from above, the animals leap up to deliver a shocking defense.

  10. Ink leads way to terminating termites

    Inspired by a classroom experiment, a teen has built a way to lure troublesome termites to their death — using the power of ink.

  11. Physics

    Gravity waves are seen again

    Four months after scientists announced the first detection of gravity waves, another set of ripples in spacetime have emerged. The new ones come from the clash of mid-size black holes in the distant universe.

  12. Environment

    Uh oh! Baby fish prefer plastic to real food

    Given a choice, baby fish will eat plastic microbeads instead of real food. That plastic stunts their growth and makes them easier prey for predators.