Chelsea Silva

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World Penguin Day: From Cute to “Intense Predators”

Wildlife<p>Today is World Penguin Day, and The Pew Charitable Trusts have released some videos to mark the occasion (top and below). They’ve also produced a quiz that asks users to find out their “penguin style.”<p>What’s your penguin style?<p>Also check out last year’s festivities and view penguin photos …

Chinese Government Admits One Fifth Of Country's Farmland Is Polluted

The report raises sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.<p>Results of a nationwide survey of soil samples taken from 2005 through last year show contamination in 16.1 percent of the country's soil overall and 19.4 percent of its arable land.<p>More than …

Overfishing Remains Biggest Threat to Mediterranean, Study Confirms

Changing Planet<p><b>Overfishing is still the most important threat to Mediterranean underwater ecosystems, “more than pollution, invasive species, or climate change”, says Enric Sala, one of the authors of the most comprehensive study made of the sea, published this week in the science journal PLoS …

Convicted Drug Dealer Indicted for Selling Rhino Horns

Undercover investigation nets alleged wildlife trafficker with ties to former Medellín drug cartel.<p>"This is Lu," the email began. "I got the giraffe from you."<p><b>That email, say U.S. Justice Department officials, written to a confidential informant regarding a taxidermied giraffe, would initiate an</b> …

Mount Everest's Deadliest Day Puts Focus on Sherpas

Sherpas play a complex, evolving role on the increasingly popular peak.<p>In the deadliest day in Mount Everest's history, a Friday avalanche has killed 13 Sherpa guides and left three missing. Another six people have been injured, according to news reports.<p>Mostly Nepali, the Sherpas were carrying …

Why Do People See Faces in the Moon?

Our brains are hard-wired to find meaningful images in random lines and shapes—even if those figures are on the moon.<p>For as long as humans have lived on Earth, the moon has been our nearest celestial companion, and a rich natural canvas for the human imagination. When the Earth passes between the …

Teen Wonder: Taylor Wilson

"Kids sometimes have an advantage when it comes to invention. Their lack of experience can actually be a benefit."<p>Taylor Wilson never just got interested in things.<p>"He got obsessed," says his father, Kenneth. "Whatever he was involved in, he went at it nonstop. Even getting him to eat was a big …

5 Sky Events This Week: Full Lunar Eclipse and Lord of the Rings

Changing Planet<p><b>This is a big week even for the most amateur of sky-watchers, with a rare full lunar eclipse and Mars getting as close as it ever does to Earth.</b><p><b>Moon shadow play.</b> The moon will appear to be orange-red late Monday night and early Tuesday morning as it undergoes a total eclipse, the …

Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger

Aerosols in atmosphere change weather in North America, says new study.<p>What happens in Asia doesn't stay in Asia, a new study warns. Pollution from booming economies in the Far East is causing stronger storms and changing weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean, which in turn is changing weather in …

Jane Goodall 80th b’day Interview

Changing Planet<p>Jane Goodall received her 1st research grant from National Geographic in 1961. She told me her work with chimps might never have continued past the first year without our continuing support. On the occasion of her 80th B’day she sat down with me for a conversation reflecting on her …

Honeybees in East Africa Resist Deadly Pathogens

Bees in Kenya stay healthy despite parasites and viruses that collapse U.S. and European hives.<p>A surprising finding about East African honeybees lends new hope to the fight against colony collapses in the West. Scientists have discovered that bees in Kenya have strong resistance to the same …

Chimpanzees Make Beds That Offer Them Best Night's Sleep

Primates choose the wood that's most durable and weavable, study says.<p>Chimpanzees choose tree branches that give them the most firm and stable place to sleep, a new study says.<p>What's more, the research bolsters the theory that high-quality sleep may have led to the evolution of modern humans, said …