Veronique Greenwood

Contributing Writer

Life’s Big Leaps: Critical Moments in Evolution

The Woman Who Stared at Wasps

November 5, 2015

The biologist Joan Strassmann discusses cooperation in social insects, how amoebas can teach us about competition, and why the definition of “organism” needs an overhaul.

Biology

Networks Untangle Malaria’s Deadly Shuffle

October 15, 2015

By examining regions shared between some of nature’s most variable genes, malaria researchers are piecing together an understanding of a deadly parasite.

Biology

How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time

September 15, 2015

Cellular clocks are almost everywhere. Clues to how they work are coming from the places they’re not.

Biology

Networks Reveal the Connections of Disease

January 29, 2015

Disease is the result of failure somewhere along the line in a complex dance of biological components. Now statistical physicists are using enormous databases of medical records to study connections between illnesses.

ecology

The Thermodynamic Theory of Ecology

September 3, 2014

Nature’s large-scale patterns emerge from incomplete surveys that borrow ideas from information theory.