January 10, 2020

One day in 2009, Frank Rheindt was wandering up a forested mountainside on an Indonesian island when the skies opened up. He had spent months planning this trip, days finding a charter boat that would carry him to this remote place, and hours plodding uphill, but the l...

July 9, 2019

Watching Snowball the cockatoo dance to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” has long been one of the joys of the internet.

The four-minute video has been viewed more than seven million times, and it’s probably generated at least that many grins. But when a small group...

April 25, 2019

The Antarctic’s second-largest colony of emperor penguins collapsed in 2016, with more than 10,000 chicks lost, and the population has not recovered, according to a new study.Many of the adults relocated nearby, satellite imagery shows, but the fact that emperor pengui...

February 26, 2019

All serious butterfly collectors remember their first gynandromorph: a butterfly with a color and pattern that are distinctly male on one wing and female on the other.

Seeing one sparks wonder and curiosity. For the biologist Nipam H. Patel, the sighting offered a possi...

February 10, 2019

A bird hopping outside the window lately is the strangest that Shirley and Jeffrey Caldwell have ever seen.

Its left side is the taupe shade of female cardinals; its right, the signature scarlet of males.

Researchers believe that the cardinal frequenting the Caldwells’ b...

June 29, 2018

BOSTON — Hoppy,  a young red panda, was the first patient of the day, carried —  and anesthetized — into the exam room so he could get a physical.

Then Mildred, a 24-year-old barnacle goose, wobbled painfully across the floor as veterinarians analyzed her gait. The...

May 24, 2018

Antoni Ribas

Professor of medicine, surgery and molecular and medical pharmacology at the University of California Los Angeles and a director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at U.C.L.A.

In January 2012, R. Stewart Scannell’s doctor flatly informed him th...

April 18, 2018

Mice that live in the basements of New York City apartment buildings — even at the most exclusive addresses — carry disease-causing bacteria, antibiotic-resistant bugs and viruses that have never been seen before, a new study from Columbia University finds.

Researchers...

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Independent

Health/Science

journalist covering

the biological

sciences. 

Regular contributor to The

New York Times, The Washington Post, 

Scientific American.com, WBUR radio and others. 

Journalism educator and book

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