Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

  1. Animals

    Parasites give brine shrimp super powers

    When infected with parasitic worms, brine shrimp survive better in waters laced with toxic arsenic, a new study finds.

  2. Agriculture

    Profile: A human touch for animals

    Temple Grandin uses her own autism to understand how animals think. The animal scientist is famous for fostering the humane treatment of livestock.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Chikungunya wings its way north — on mosquitoes

    A mosquito-borne virus once found only in the tropics has adapted to survive in mosquitoes in cooler places, such as Europe and North America.

  4. Animals

    What’s for dinner? Mom.

    Female spiders of one species make the ultimate sacrifice when raising their young: The mothers feed themselves to their children.

  5. Plants

    Desert plants: The ultimate survivors

    Creosote, mesquite and other desert plants rely on different adaptations to thrive, even when no rain falls for an entire year.

  6. Agriculture

    Livestock: A need to save rare breeds

    New studies and ongoing work highlight why society should save rare livestock breeds — and the part that technology can play.

  7. Life

    Caught in the act

    Scientists observe some evolutionary speed demons as they adapt over the course of just a few years to new environmental conditions.

  8. Fossils

    Dangerous dinos in the dark

  9. Fossils

    Dinosaur Eggs-citement

  10. Animals

    A microbe nanny for young wasps

  11. Animals

    Blotchy face, big-time wasp

  12. Genetics

    Animal clones: Double trouble?