2021 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Decongestant Orgasms, Rhino Transport
2021 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Decongestant Orgasms, Rhino Transport
A full beard can absorb nearly 40 percent of the shock from a punch to the face, according to one winning study.
2021 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Decongestant Orgasms, Rhino Transport
2021 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Decongestant Orgasms, Rhino Transport

A full beard can absorb nearly 40 percent of the shock from a punch to the face, according to one winning study.

A full beard can absorb nearly 40 percent of the shock from a punch to the face, according to one winning study.

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Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
Firefly Tourism Sparks Calls for Sustainable Practices
Asher Jones | Jun 1, 2021
More and more people are traveling around the world to watch the luminous displays of fireflies, but tourism-related light pollution and habitat degradation threaten to snuff out the insects at some locations.  
Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84
Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84
Lisa Winter | May 21, 2021
Throughout his career, the University of California, Berkeley, herpetologist named 144 species of salamanders.
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Ruth Williams | May 6, 2021
The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number.
Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
Sponge Names for Sale, Proceeds to go to Conservation Efforts
Asher Jones | May 1, 2021
A tidy-up of a New Zealand storage room led to the sale of naming rights for three new-to-science Galápagos Islands species.
Polar Bear Researcher Markus Dyck Dies in Helicopter Crash
Polar Bear Researcher Markus Dyck Dies in Helicopter Crash
Lisa Winter | Apr 30, 2021
Dyck was widely respected for working alongside indigenous groups as he studied polar bears on their ancestral lands.
Conservation Biologists May Unintentionally Spread Pathogens
Conservation Biologists May Unintentionally Spread Pathogens
Amanda Heidt | Apr 19, 2021
When conservationists relocate species, they don’t always account for the pathogens hitching a ride, and the consequences of introducing them to a new environment.
Seventeen “Extinct” European Plant Species Found Alive
Seventeen “Extinct” European Plant Species Found Alive
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 11, 2021
Plant species officially reported to be lost are in fact persevering in the wild, in seed banks or botanical gardens, or as other species now recognized to be taxonomic synonyms.
Australian Government Adds a Dozen Animals to Extinct List
Australian Government Adds a Dozen Animals to Extinct List
Kerry Grens | Mar 3, 2021
The species include the first reptile to be listed and the Christmas Island pipistrelle, a bat last seen in 2009.
Thousands of Sea Turtles Immobilized by Brutal Texas Winter Storm
Thousands of Sea Turtles Immobilized by Brutal Texas Winter Storm
Lisa Winter | Feb 18, 2021
Volunteers have been working around the clock to rescue the animals found stunned on the beach.
Amphibian Conservation Champion Phil Bishop Dies
Amphibian Conservation Champion Phil Bishop Dies
Lisa Winter | Feb 4, 2021
His career was dedicated to understanding and protecting frog populations.
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
Asher Jones | Feb 3, 2021
The newly discovered microbe seems to be responsible for a mysterious neurological disease that has killed dozens of critically endangered Western chimpanzees.
Oceanic Shark and Ray Numbers Down 71 Percent over Past 50 Years
Oceanic Shark and Ray Numbers Down 71 Percent over Past 50 Years
Lisa Winter | Jan 28, 2021
Overfishing is the biggest factor driving these species toward extinction, researchers conclude from a new study.
Steps to End “Colonial Science” Slowly Take Shape
Steps to End “Colonial Science” Slowly Take Shape
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2021
Scientists from countries with fewer resources are pushing collaborators from higher-income countries to shed biases and behaviors that perpetuate social stratification in the research community.
Farming Associated with Long-Term Decline in Marmot Populations
Farming Associated with Long-Term Decline in Marmot Populations
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2020
Images from a Cold War spy satellite help researchers piece together the effects of land-use decisions in Kazakhstan.
Gray Wolf Reintroduction in Colorado Encounters Federal Kerfuffle
Gray Wolf Reintroduction in Colorado Encounters Federal Kerfuffle
Lisa Winter | Nov 18, 2020
This month, voters in the state approved the predators’ reintroduction, but the species’ recent delisting as an endangered species at the federal level binds up available funding.
Slideshow: How Ecologists Study the World’s Apex Predators
Slideshow: How Ecologists Study the World’s Apex Predators
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2020
A global decline of large carnivores has motivated scientists to understand the animals’ ecological roles, and consider whether reintroducing them can help restore ecosystems.
Can Rewilding Large Predators Regenerate Ecosystems?
Can Rewilding Large Predators Regenerate Ecosystems?
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2020
As some conservationists and researchers begin to return large carnivores to areas where they once roamed, scientists intensify efforts to study the ecological roles of predators.
Infographic: How Large Carnivores Sculpt Ecosystems
Infographic: How Large Carnivores Sculpt Ecosystems
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2020
The release of gray wolves in Yellowstone decades ago still stands as one of the few examples of a predator reintroduction, and the lessons learned continue to be debated. New projects aim to do it again.
Chelsea Wood Tracks Parasites Around the World
Chelsea Wood Tracks Parasites Around the World
Amanda Heidt | Nov 1, 2020
The University of Washington parasite ecologist aims to understand how humans have changed the diversity and abundance of the enigmatic and misunderstood organisms.