On islands, cats are the primary cause for at least 14% of bird, mammal, and reptile extinctions and the principal threat to almost 8% of critically endangered animals.
Sometimes it frustrates me that we feel the effects of climate change so slowly, if at all.It's not that I'm an apocalypse-monger, dreaming of mass hysteria induced by floods and droughts, shortages of food and fuel.
The University of Montana's natural history museum in Missoula is the "largest zoological museum in Montana and one of the major zoological collections of the Northern Rocky Mountains," according to its website.
Despite their name, Western red cedars (Thuja plicata) aren't true cedars--they're in the cypress family. Photo: Evan Leeson Urban areas are growing in size--and with them, the number of trees influenced by city life.
Used cigarette filters in nests may protect hatchlings
This statue at Notre-Dame de la Garde says "shush!" As I read the funny pages this morning in the paper, I noticed a running joke: no one keeps their New Year's resolutions.
Mistletoe is frequently spotted hanging above lovers' heads in terrible holiday specials--but only during one month of the year. That makes it easy to forget that more than 1,300 species hang in forests year-round, parasitizing thousands of tree species around the world.
Cheetah. Credit: Serengeti Snapshot, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 Procrastination feels like an inevitable part of getting anything done these days.
The sight of cigarette butts delicately woven into birds' nests sparks an array of reactions, from relief that birds are adapting to urban environments to disgust at the display of human disregard for wildlife.
Here are the best things I've read all week. The pieces are not necessarily news and could be decades old, and they're probably longform writing but not always.
While some schoolchildren daydream about crushes during class, delicately inscribing their names in paper margins, others instead yearn to one day discover and name their own species for the cute boy at the corner desk.
The earth revolves around the sun. It's a true fact, and no conspiracy. Even with such enlightenment, it's nice to be reminded of why people once thought the opposite -- that the universe revolves around the earth -- to briefly knock us off our ivory tower of knowledge and be reminded of just how far we've come.
When my 18-year old self walked into a tattoo parlor on South Street in Philadelphia, I had no idea I was joining a movement of tattooed scientists, embellishing their bodies with symbols of their passions.
Three months ago, I received an email informing me that a high school friend, Pat, had died. I read his obituary and my body stopped functioning. I froze on the spot, limbs tense but trembling.
How many untrue 'facts' have I unconsciously picked up from reading collections like this one? Stories have the power to take us to other worlds, and no genre more so than science fiction and fantasy.
Republished with scant edits from the previous iteration of Culturing Science on July 20, 2010. A great blog post about fiction inspiring science by Uta Frith reminded me of this old friend.
Picture of an autistic teenage girl. (I felt weird putting a picture of my lil bro on the internet without his knowledge.) When I unwrapped my New York Times on Sunday, I was met with a surprise: A front-page, above-the-fold story about a young adult with autism.
Last week, the US Institute of Medicine released a report on the adverse effects of vaccines. And their finding? That vaccinations cause negative reactions in very few people; that vaccines have no connection to autism or type 1 diabetes; overall, that vaccines are safe.
"I have an idea," my brother said to me last winter. Jacob is an elementary science teacher at a neighborhood charter school in Northeast Philadelphia and, at the time, I was working as a lab technician in the same city.
This is one of my favorite videos that I've seen on the whole of the internet. (Gasp!) Piecing together clips from dozens of science documentaries and specials overlaid with stunning music, the youtube user UppruniTegundanna starts out tracing the history of humans, integrating technological and artistic development.