Explore Science offers a window into our scientific collections and highlights the people, issues, and scientific breakthroughs that are redefining how we understand—and protect—life on Earth.
Learn how and why octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish change colors.
Color in Nature
Some octopuses can sense light with their skin.
Why are the oceans becoming more acidic and how does that threaten biodiversity?
How much plastic is in the ocean and where is it found?
An Academy researcher is studying the adorable, elusive pygmy sloth, a critically endangered species.
Saving Endangered Species
Steinhart Aquarium researchers traveled to South Africa to help save hundreds of penguin chicks from starvation.
Academy researchers investigate how climate change affects California's grapes and the wine industry.
Will there be enough food as we reach 9 billion people on this planet?
Genomics provides evidence for the role of selection in the diversification of fishes.
A special Valentine's post featuring Ray "Bones" Bandar, and his wife, Alkmene.
Academy researcher John McCosker talks about local sharks and efforts to protect them.
Academy scientists describe some of the spectacular organisms that can be discovered in the shallows.
A newly discovered frog can change textures from smooth to "punk rocker" in a matter of minutes!
By taking high resolution images of our collections, the Academy is making our specimens available to the world.
The dottyback, a small reef fish, can use mimicry to fool multiple species of prey.
Spring equinox myths and truths...