Story Development

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