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Published: 10/17/2016


To many people on the front lines of elephant conservation, the defeat of the effort to uplist the Appendix 2 elephants was infuriating. Lee...Read more

Published: 10/13/2016

Estella Leopold, a University of Washington professor emeritus of biology, spent her career immersed in field botany and fossilized pollen grains. But this professional legacy sprouted from a childhood forged...Read more

Published: 10/11/2016

Mice sing like a jet-engine via EurekAlert!

Wild mice, rats and also many other rodents produce ultrasonic songs that they use for courting and territorial defense. These love songs...Read more

Published: 10/06/2016

Four species of pangolin are native across Asia, but due to trafficking, they’re now listed as endangered or critically endangered. As Asian numbers have dwindled, traders have turned their gaze...Read more

Published: 10/04/2016


Cone snails may be the slowest of any ocean-going snail, but when it comes to dinner, they are speedy and thorough: their venom is among...Read more

Published: 10/03/2016

In the mid-1960s, Robert Paine, a scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, discovered a hidden organizing principle in the coastal ecosystem he was studying. When a certain species...Read more

Published: 09/30/2016

Batwoman may be just a comic-book character, but at the UW we have our very own. Her name is Sharlene Santana, and you will find her in an unusually tidy...Read more

Published: 09/27/2016

Hormones are small signaling molecules that travel between cells and deliver messages to switch on and off specific genes — affecting behavior, environmental responses and growth. Human hormones include testosterone,...Read more

Published: 09/27/2016

As of 2016, the University of Washington is ranked 6th in the world for Life and Agriculture Sciences, with a total score of 72.5 according to the Academic Ranking...Read more

Published: 09/27/2016

Biologists of all stripes attest to evolution, but have debated its details since Darwin’s day. Since changes arise and take hold slowly over many generations, it is daunting to track...Read more