Can conservationists bring the common loon back to Massachusetts?
July 26, 2016, 10:05 a.m. by Jaymi Heimbuch
The call of the loon has faded from the state's ponds and lakes. Portland researchers are hoping to restore populations of these much-loved birds.
The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens
July 22, 2016, 11:20 a.m. by Jaymi Heimbuch
Lichens are not what you think they are. Not plant, not fungus — they are one of a kind.
Why do pupils come in different shapes for different species?
July 19, 2016, 7:12 a.m. by Jaymi Heimbuch
From vertical slits to horizontal dashes to W-shaped curves, pupils reveal something about an animal's niche in the environment.
5 ways to help coral reefs today (no matter where you live)
July 18, 2016, 7:01 a.m. by Jaymi Heimbuch
Coral reefs are home to a quarter of all marine life on Earth, and they need our help.
How hummingbirds use spider silk to build better nests
July 13, 2016, 11:36 a.m. by Jaymi Heimbuch
Spider silk is one of nature's most amazing materials, both strong and flexible — and hummingbirds know how to use it.
Swordfish lubricate themselves with oil to gain speed
July 8, 2016, 8 a.m. by Jaymi Heimbuch
A new discovery illuminates a surprising adaptation that helps swordfish reduce drag as they slice through the water.
Bees have trouble foraging when air pollution rises
July 7, 2016, 8 a.m. by Jaymi Heimbuch
A new study shows that as pollution breaks down the scent of plants, bees can't find their food.