Jennifer S. Holland

18-Foot-Long Monster Python Caught in Florida

What’s longer than a minivan and can swallow a whole deer for dinner? The enormous Burmese python that turned up in the Everglades this week—the second largest found in the fragile Florida wetland environment within the last year. ...

5 Animals With Spectacular Sniffers

You’ve probably heard about domestic dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and bad guys. You may also know that canines can detect the tiny molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Dogs in studies ...

5 Animals With Spectacular Sniffers

You’ve probably heard about domestic dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and bad guys. You may also know that canines can detect the tiny molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Dogs in studies ...

A Venom First: Toxin-Spewing Crustacean

No longer than your pinky and totally blind, the cave-dwelling Speleonectes tulumensis is still one bad-arsed little sea creature—and now the first of some 70,000 crustacean species to be confirmed as venomous. As reported in the journal Molecular Biology and ...

How a Mysterious Tick Ended Up in a Scientist’s Nose

By Jennifer S. Holland Please forgive Tony Goldberg for picking his nose. That little itch turned out to be a tick, and he had to get it out of there. Ticks are, after all, known carriers of several nasty diseases. ...

How a Mysterious Tick Ended Up in a Scientist’s Nose

By Jennifer S. Holland Please forgive Tony Goldberg for picking his nose. That little itch turned out to be a tick, and he had to get it out of there. Ticks are, after all, known carriers of several nasty diseases. ...

How a Mysterious Tick Ended Up in a Scientist’s Nose

By Jennifer S. Holland Please forgive Tony Goldberg for picking his nose. That little itch turned out to be a tick, and he had to get it out of there. Ticks are, after all, known carriers of several nasty diseases. ...

Monkeys Whisper, Study Says—But Why?

By Jennifer S. Holland Here’s a little secret: Humans aren’t the only animals who know how to speak softly. Gophers sometimes whisper. There are bats that do it to avoid detection by moth prey. A certain fish does ...

Monkeys Whisper, Study Says—But Why?

By Jennifer S. Holland Here’s a little secret: Humans aren’t the only animals who know how to speak softly. Gophers sometimes whisper. There are bats that do it to avoid detection by moth prey. A certain fish does ...

Monkeys Whisper, Study Says—But Why?

By Jennifer S. Holland Here’s a little secret: Humans aren’t the only animals who know how to speak softly. Gophers sometimes whisper. There are bats that do it to avoid detection by moth prey. A certain fish does ...