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Are the jets on comet 67P coming from sinkholes?
Our Work
Scientists were back to explore the most biologically diverse marine ecosystem on the planet.
DIY Science
Madagascar's geologic history set the stage for the evolution of the island's unique flora and fauna.

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Color in Nature

More than purely pretty, color plays an invaluable role in sending signals between living organisms.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Learn how and why octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish change colors.
Color in Nature
Some octopuses can sense light with their skin.
Color in Nature
Millipedes in California's mountain ranges use bioluminescence to avoid predators, but how did it originate?

Ocean Conservation

Human intervention is the cause of—and only solution to—the deteriorating health of the word's oceans.

Why are the oceans becoming more acidic and how does that threaten biodiversity?
Ocean Conservation
How much plastic is in the ocean and where is it found?
Ocean Conservation
Can the high seas be sustainably managed to protect it from overfishing?

Saving Endangered Species

With a growing list of vulnerable species, it’s more important than ever to help save them from extinction.

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An Academy researcher is studying the adorable, elusive pygmy sloth, a critically endangered species.
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Saving Endangered Species
Steinhart Aquarium researchers traveled to South Africa to help save hundreds of penguin chicks from starvation.
Saving Endangered Species
Academy scientists are collecting, breeding and studying Lake Oku clawed frogs.

Adapting Agriculture

How has the way we grow our food changed over the years—and how will it continue to change?

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Academy researchers investigate how climate change affects California's grapes and the wine industry.
Adapting Agriculture
Will there be enough food as we reach 9 billion people on this planet?
Adapting Agriculture
Corn could be one of the biggest examples of how humans have manipulated the natural world.

Academy Voices

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.

Editor's Choice

With the drought in California, salmon smolts are hitching a ride to get to the open ocean.

Latest News

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.
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