Story Development

Fluffy kittens chasing a ball are beyond adorable -- but they sure aren't born that way. Practically deaf and blind, in their first few weeks they need constant warmth and milk to survive.

Pollinator. Mason. Jeweler. A female blue orchard bee is a multitasking master. She fashions exquisite nests out of mud and pollen that resemble pieces of jewelry. And in the process, she helps us grow nuts and fruits.

African elephants may have magnificent ears, but on the savanna, they communicate over vast distances by picking up underground signals with their sensitive, fatty feet.

Cone Snails have an arsenal of tools and weapons under their pretty shells. These reef-dwelling hunters nab their prey in microseconds, then slowly eat them alive.

They may be dressed in black, but crow funerals aren't the solemn events that we hold for our dead. These birds cause a ruckus around their fallen friend. Are they just scared, or is there something deeper going on?

The silent star of classic Westerns is a plant on a mission. It starts out green and full of life. It even grows flowers. But to reproduce effectively it needs to turn into a rolling brown skeleton.

The same blood-sucking leeches feared by hikers and swimmers are making a comeback... in hospitals.



The opioid crisis has brought dangerous street drugs into forensic labs: How are chemists facing the challenge?

Poison frogs ward off predators with potent neurotoxins. But how do they keep from poisoning themselves?



A FEAST OF FERTILIZER: Scientists in California's Central Coast hope to use bacteria to improve water quality with a one-of-a-kind field experiment (with Sarah Derouin)