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Hormone Hang-Ups

Parasitoid Wasps may turn spiders into zombies by hacking their internal code

April 26, 2019

Parasitoid wasps lay their eggs on a spider’s back. This team proposes that by injecting the spider host with the molting hormone, ecdysone, the wasp induces the spider to make a special web for the wasp’s pupa.

Platypus crab

Fossil crab reveals a new branch in the tree of life

April 25, 2019

By taking on characteristics from another, younger stage in its life-cycle, this fossil crab was probably able to adapt to new conditions.

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Where science meets music: a banjo player listens for the songs of katydids

April 17, 2019

What do playing the banjo and recording katydids have in common? We join Sharon Martinson on Barro Colorado Island to find out.

Habitat Symbiosis

Punta Galeta, where sea and earth coexist

April 15, 2019

The Smithsonian’s first marine lab on Panama’s Caribbean coast invites visitors and researchers to experience the diversity of marine ecosystems within a protected space.

Cloud Habitat

Mysterious cloud forest bees and their microbes - Part I

April 08, 2019

Three adventure-seekers meet in the clouds, each with their own reasons to learn more about mysterious jewel-like bees.

Amphibian pharmaceuticals

Microbes may fight the epidemic driving some frog species to extinction

April 02, 2019

A compound produced by Panamanian frog skin bacteria could help resist fungal infections in amphibians and humans worldwide

Hitch-hiking barnacles

Deep time tracking devices

April 02, 2019

Long-distance migrations are common for large whales, but when in their evolutionary past did they begin to migrate and why? Fossil whale barnacles may have the answers

Special events March
March 29, 2019

Fernando Santos-Granero's new book, New book by STRI Research Associate, STRI has a new Laser scanning confocal microscope, SI Library Board visit, SI Archives visit and more.

Directorship named in honor of Ira Rubinoff

Directorship named in honor of Ira Rubinoff

March 21, 2019

Endowed Directorship at STRI Named for Director Emeritus, Ira Rubinoff, to acknowledge his leadership skill and his good relationships with our benefactors.

Coupled selection

How new species arise in the sea

March 15, 2019

Study Sheds New Light on Fundamental Question in Evolutionary Biology

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