It’s another beautiful day in Antarctica, and the time has come to launch ANITA! Finding the right date is tricky. Many factors have to fall into place.
The past several years have brought two parallel revolutions in neuroscience. Researchers have begun using genetically encoded sensors to monitor the behavior of individual neurons, and they've been using brief pulses of light to trigger certain types of neurons to activate...
Following my previous post on wildlife diseases, I’ve been in a fairly multicellular mood. Rather than try and turn my mind back to bacteria I decided to get it out of my system by finishing the month with a two part mini-series on creepy-crawlies that survive in some of the harshest conditions on earth; the [...]..
When sea ice disappears some polar inhabitants advance, whereas others retreat
A Victorian amateur undertook a lifetime pursuit of slow, meticulous observation and thought about the natural world, producing a theory 150 years ago that still drives the contemporary scientific agenda...
From the smallest sea horse to a naturally decaffeinated coffee tree, the International Institute for Species Exploration's annual top 10 list proves that Earth is still full of bizarre and fascinating plants and animals awaiting human discovery...
The remote eastern Himalayas--home to tiny deer and big vipers--have offered enterprising researchers a wealth of new species to document and describe
A marine census details more than 5,000 species that live more than 1,000 meters below the surface
They say dogs look like their owners. Now scientists are uncovering the genes that give dogs--and humans--their traits
A tale of the continuing collision between the needs of traditional Chinese medicine and Western sensibilities
Making the endangered species list isn't easy when the queue is 280 species long view the slide show
The gas appears to protect the deep-diving seals from cell damage after periods of restricted blood flow
Researchers plead for action against an invasive amphibian that is already poisoning native species in Madagascar
A comparison of the U.S. list of endangered species with the world standard finds many species are left unprotected
A new survey shows that even protected areas are failing to stem the tide of plant and animal extinctions
Usain Bolt might be the world's fastest human but animals big and small would handily beat him
Human activity like trade has helped launch a deadly wave of fungal disease
From increasingly severe storms to collapsing coral reefs to the displacement of Syrian citizens, in this eBook we examine the effects of Earth’s changing climate on weather systems, ecosystems and human habitability and what this means for our future...