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Tricksy Mars may be Obscuring Signs of Organic Matter

Picture a hot volcanic spring. Mineral-laden acidic water flows through sulfur-rich rocks. A foul odor hangs in the air. For us it’s a nasty environment, best enjoyed through the lens of a tourist’s camera...

February 24, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
Can Faith and Science Coexist?

Can Faith and Science Coexist?

Last week I “debated” the question above at my school, Stevens Institute of Technology, in an event sponsored by the Christian group Veritas.

February 23, 2015 — John Horgan
Species Snapshot: Sunda Pangolin

Species Snapshot: Sunda Pangolin

Today is World Pangolin Day, an occasion to recognize the rapidly impending extinction of the eight species of scaly anteaters from Africa and Asia.

February 21, 2015 — John R. Platt

Look Out Lemurs: Climate Change Is Taking Your Land

As if rampant deforestation and poaching weren't bad enough, climate change will have a devastating effect on the majority of Madagascar's lemur species, most of them already imperiled, according to a paper published this week in Ecology and Evolution...

February 19, 2015 — John R. Platt
What on Earth Made These Perfect Fossil Rings?

What on Earth Made These Perfect Fossil Rings?

See these annular structures? They are 492 million years old and come from Wisconsin. Here are some more. Was there a severe shortage of beer coasters in Cambrian Wisconsin?

February 18, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer

Inside the Cassowary's Casque

I'm a big fan of palaeognaths - the terrestrial bird group that includes the mostly big, flightless ratites and the chicken-sized, flight-capable tinamous.

February 15, 2015 — Darren Naish

Is AI Dangerous? That Depends…

Somewhere in the long list of topics that are relevant to astrobiology is the question of ‘intelligence’. Is human-like, technological intelligence likely to be common across the universe?...

February 13, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Critically Endangered Tarantula Links India and Sri Lanka

For thousands of years a thin bridge of sand and rock connected mainland India with the island of Sri Lanka. The 30-kilometer stretch known as Rama's (or Adam's) Bridge disappeared centuries ago—probably after a cyclone in the year A.D...

February 12, 2015 — John R. Platt
Happy Bornday Darwin

Happy Bornday Darwin

Today marks the 206th anniversary of Charles Darwin‘s bornday. February 12 is celebrated as International Darwin Day and many communities and colleges host events and town hall informal science events...

February 12, 2015 — DNLee

Gorgeous Blue-Eyed Lemur Faces Extinction in 11 Years

One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a species in 2008, faces extinction in as little as 11 years due to rapid deforestation in its only habitat, according to research published [...]..

February 11, 2015 — John R. Platt

Brian J. Ford's Aquatic Dinosaurs, 2014 Edition

Via bizarre and unexpected circumstances I recently* found myself secretly and furtively attending a lecture by Brian J. Ford. Ford is a British author and researcher who dabbles widely in matters of science and science communication...

February 10, 2015 — Darren Naish

For These Plants, No Victim is Too Small

The tropical plant Genlisea is a tiny, homely rosette of simple green leaves. If you dig up its roots, you will find what look like an unremarkable bunch long, pale underground roots.

February 6, 2015 — Jennifer Frazer

There Is No 'Perfect Human' In Puerto Rico or Anywhere Else

Disappointed by James Watson's decision to sell his Nobel Prize medal, Lior Pachter, a computational biologist who works on genomics at the University of California Berkeley, wrote an entry on his private blog in early December protesting the decision...

February 5, 2015 — Taras K. Oleksyk and Juan Carlos Martinez-Cruzado

Invasion Of The Tomato Leaf-Miner

Editor’s Note: Kelly Izlar is a Guest Contributor to Food Matters Darth Vader. Lex Luther. Tuta Absoluta. Megatronus Prime. Which of these is not like the other?

February 4, 2015 — Kelly Izlar
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