Articles by

Jake Buehler

Barnacles are famed for not budging. But one species roams its sea turtle hosts

Barnacles aren’t exactly renowned for their athleticism, staying glued in place for much of their lives. But...

Huge numbers of fish-eating jaguars prowl Brazil’s wetlands

In a tract of central Brazilian wetlands, jaguars spend their days wading through chest-deep waters searching for...

The Complex Truth About ‘Junk DNA’

Genomes hold immense quantities of noncoding DNA. Some of it is essential for life, some seems useless,...

How metal-infused jaws give some ants an exceptionally sharp bite

If you’ve ever felt the wrath of a biting or stinging insect, it may seem incredible that...

Fires may have affected up to 85 percent of threatened Amazon species

Much of the Amazon’s biodiversity is under fire — literally. In the last two decades, deforestation and...

Sunbirds’ dazzling feathers are hot, in both senses of the word

For sunbirds, all that shimmers is piping hot. The birds’ flashy, iridescent feathers heat up more than...

If confirmed, tubes in 890-million-year-old rock may be the oldest animal fossils

Pale, wormlike tubes in 890-million-year old rock may be ancient sea sponges, a new study concludes. If...

This butterfly is the first U.S. insect known to go extinct because of people

It’s been roughly 80 years since the Xerces blue butterfly was last spotted flitting about on pastel...