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. Animals

    Killer whale blows a raspberry, says ‘hello’

    Orcas can mimic a range of sounds, including human speech — sort of.

  2. Animals

    Tricky turns give prey a chance against lions and cheetahs

    A bonanza of running data on wild predators shows that a successful hunt requires more than sprinting.

  3. Plants

    Blooms on ‘chocolate’ tree are crazy-hard to pollinate

    The cacao trees must be pollinated or those seeds that give us chocolate will never form. The rub: The trees’ flowers challenge all but some of the tiniest pollen-moving insects.

  4. Animals

    Blowflies keep their cool with drool

    Personal air conditioning the blowfly way: Dangle a droplet of saliva and then swallow it.

  5. Animals

    Sucking blood isn’t an easy life, even for vampires

    Real vampires include bats, insects and even birds. And they’ve had to develop novel ways of dealing with a diet of blood.

  6. Plants

    Cool Job: Rethinking how plants hunt for water

    Studies probing the very beginnings of root development may have important implications for growing food in a world where the climate is changing.

  7. Environment

    Light pollution can foil plant-insect hookups

    An experiment in remote European meadows shows that light pollution at night can affect the pollination of flowers — even into sunlight hours.

  8. Animals

    Whales feast when hatcheries release salmon

    Humpback whales are visiting sites where hatcheries release juvenile salmon in Alaska. It’s a dining bonanza for the huge whales.

  9. Animals

    Could a dragonfly’s wings be alive — and breathing?

    Highly magnified image showing what looks like breathing tubes suggests the morpho dragonfly’s wings may be unexpectedly alive.

  10. Animals

    Orangs nurse young for more than eight years!

    Orangutan moms and babies have been tricky to study in the wild, so researchers used dental tests to reveal a record setting nursing period.