Susan Milius

Life Sciences Writer, Science News

Life sciences writer Susan Milius has been writing about botany, zoology and ecology for Science News since the last millennium. She worked at diverse publications before breaking into science writing and editing. After stints on the staffs of The ScientistScienceInternational Wildlife and United Press International, she joined Science News. Three of Susan's articles have been selected to appear in editions of The Best American Science Writing.

All Stories by Susan Milius

  1. Plants

    ‘Vampire’ parasite challenges the definition of a plant

    Langsdorffia are stripped down to their essentials. Lacking green leaves for photosynthesis, they steal energy and nutrients from other plants.

  2. Animals

    What you need to know about ‘murder hornets’

    Two new specimens of the world’s largest hornet have just turned up in the United States. Here’s what to make of them and other alien-hornet invaders.

  3. Animals

    Bumblebees may bite leaves to spur plant blooming

    In a pollen shortage, some bees nick holes in tomato leaves. This can speed up flowering and pollen production by weeks.

  4. Animals

    Why elephants and armadillos might easily get drunk

    Stories of drunken elephants may not be a myth. Differences in a gene for breaking down alcohol could explain how they get tipsy.

  5. Animals

    Pandas use their heads as a kind of extra limb for climbing

    Their short legs on a stout bear body mean pandas use a rare technique to climb up a tree.

  6. Climate

    5 things to know about the climate-saving benefits of tree planting

    A recent analysis of the benefits of massive efforts to plant more trees triggered a firestorm of controversy.

  7. Animals

    High-speed camera reveals the secrets of a legless larva’s leap

    Research reveals how a blob of an insect can leap more efficiently than it crawls. Its body acts like a spring.

  8. Animals

    Young aphids sacrifice themselves to make home repairs

    Young aphids swollen with fatty substances save their colony by self-sacrifice. They use that goo to patch breaches in the wall of their tree home.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Geneticists get closer to knowing how mosquitoes sniff out our sweat

    Scientists have found that a protein in the antennae of some mosquitoes detects a chemical in human sweat.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Testing mosquito pee could help track disease spread

    A new way to monitor the viruses that wild mosquitoes have picked up passes its first outdoor test. The method uses mosquito urine.

  11. Animals

    Bears that eat human ‘junk food’ may hibernate less

    Wild black bears snacking on leftovers of sugary, highly processed foods show possible signs of faster cellular wear.

  12. Animals

    How these maggots efficiently demolish a pizza

    Mobs of black soldier fly larvae create a living fountain that lifts slowpoke noneaters out of the way.