The Wild Life of Columbus

The untold story of the species that stowed away on Columbus’s ship and how they have since changed the world. Columbus sailed to the Caribbean [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:43-05:00February 2nd, 2016|

Life at the Margins

Some discoveries and innovations come from big labs funded incredibly well by governments in affluent countries. They come from those in the mainstream, freighters plowing [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:46:46-05:00February 19th, 2015|

What If God Were a Maggot?

**Today, we’re reposting a story Rob wrote in late 2012, in praise of the decomposers that clean up our world, recycling waste back into life. [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:09-05:00February 27th, 2014|

Lewis Thomas and the Ants of New York City

Lewis Thomas was a doctor who wrote articles so beautiful everyone forgot he was anything but a writer. Joyce Carol Oates used Thomas’s writing in [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:10-05:00February 17th, 2014|

He is a wise man who invented beer

It has been a fun set of weeks in the lab. Two weeks ago I discovered ants from our lab had made their way to [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:10-05:00February 10th, 2014|

Coming Soon…

**NOTE 2/17/2014: Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants of New York City is now LIVE -- Download your copy of the interactive eBook or pdf [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:10-05:00February 6th, 2014|

How to turn any dataset into a glowing worm

A few decades ago gene expression, the process by which the code books of genes are turned into proteins, was invisible. It happened in every [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:15-05:00January 12th, 2014|

Crazy Aunts, Crazy Ants!

Dr. Eleanor has been busy working on a few new bonus chapters for The Book of Common Ants, focusing on species that are particularly common [...]

By |2016-11-22T13:47:18-05:00October 15th, 2013|