conservation, ecology, evolution
A Smoke-Swirl of Birds
Jef Akst | Nov 10, 2011
A video of thousands of birds flying as a single coordinated, amorphous group stirs up questions about how they do it.
Prescription Drug Pollutants
Cristina Luiggi | Nov 7, 2011
Are pharmaceuticals in the environment affecting human health?
Pioneers Make More Babies
Jef Akst | Nov 7, 2011
Women of the French families that colonized Canada in the 17th and 18th centuries had more children and grandchildren than late comers to the region.
Earliest Modern Europeans Described
Jef Akst | Nov 3, 2011
A fossilized jaw bone and teeth from Western Europe are recognized as the oldest modern human fossils recovered in the region.
Wildlife Biologist Goes Too Far?
Jef Akst | Nov 2, 2011
An avid conservationist is found guilty of attempting to poison feral cats, which she claims are a threat to wild birds.
Ladybug Zombies
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 31, 2011
Wasps inject their larvae into ladybug abdomens, where they feast on the bugs’ insides.
Bacterial Rejuvenation
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 27, 2011
Bacteria age, but as a lineage, can live forever.
Deadly Bat Fungus Nailed Down
Bob Grant | Oct 26, 2011
Scientists have made a definitive link between a recently-discovered fungus and a lethal disease wiping out bat populations in eastern North America.
Rhino Goes Extinct in Vietnam
Edyta Zielinska | Oct 26, 2011
The last rhinoceros left in Vietnam was found killed, its horn sawed off, most likely by poachers.
Orangutans Have Culture
Bob Grant | Oct 25, 2011
A study shows that different populations of the Southeast Asian ape display and transmit specific behaviors through generations in a way similar to human cultures.