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New species of human found

Scientists say they have found a total of 1,550 bones representing 15 individuals. They say it’s the largest fossil hominin find on the African …

Humanity

Could Dragons Have Existed If Evolution Had Taken A Different Turn?

A reptile expert examines the evidence.<p>It would have taken quite a few turns for natural selection to have produced dragons, but if you're willing to stretch a bit, most classic dragon characteristics do exist in other species. They just don't come packaged in one animal.<p>First up on the dragon …

The next Green Revolution may rely on microbes

Ian Sanders wants to feed the world. A soft-spoken Brit, Sanders studies fungus genetics in a lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. But …

The name of the fungus

To a visitor walking down, down, down the white cinder block stairwell and through metal doors into the basement, Building 010A takes on the hushed, …

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Honeybees may be infecting bumblebees with deadly diseases

Bumblebees appear to be contracting deadly diseases from their domesticated honeybee cousins, according to a study that looked at 26 UK sites. The wild bees probably pick up infections from flowers that have been visited by honeybees.<p>The diseases are economically significant because the wild …

A Living Nest?

Science & InnovationThe Loom<p>When we think of a nest, we think simply of a natural piece of construction. A bird gathers together twigs and stems and leaves and assembles them into a shelter for its eggs. We don’t think much about the plants it uses. They’re just building material.<p>But in at least …

The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew) - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions

At first glance, a tree could not be more different from the caterpillars that eat its leaves, the mushrooms sprouting from its bark, the grass …

Suspicious Virus Makes Rare Cross-Kingdom Leap From Plants to Honeybees

Tobacco ringspot virus extracted from honeybees. Adapted from Fig. 2 from Li et al., 2014. Click image for source.<p>When HIV jumped from chimpanzees to …

No Black Holes Exist, Says Stephen Hawking—At Least Not Like We Think

Black holes do not have "event horizons" beyond which there is no return, according to renowned physicist.<p>Black holes do not exist—at least, not as we know them, says renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, potentially provoking a rethink of one of space's most mysterious objects.<p>A new study from …

Ask Anything: Do Plants Get Cancer?

Taking a look at the disease in greenery<p>In animals, a tumor develops when a cell (or group of cells) loses the built-in controls that regulate its growth, often as a result of mutations. Plants can experience the same phenomenon, along with cancerous masses, but it tends to be brought on via …

'Falcon cam' reveals how the birds of prey close in for the kill

Scientists have strapped tiny video cameras to the heads and backs of falcons to learn how the birds hunt their prey.<p>Footage from the on-bird cameras revealed the strategy the predators used in flight as they chased down crows and closed in for the kill.<p>Rather than head straight for their target, …

11 Polar Sea Extremophiles

The cold doesn't agree with everyone. Humans are largely specialized to live in a temperate environment, and even then, we need clothes to keep us …

'Dwarf' foxes, saved from extinction, make an incredible recovery

While they may be a bit smaller than your average house cat, what these 'dwarf' Island foxes lack in stature, they make up for in resilience.<p>Not long …

Organisms Do Evolve

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Digging Up Ants’ Evolutionary Origins — NOVA Next | PBS

The lowly ant—they patter along the ground, are trodden underfoot, and generally survive on bits of detritus. But they’re an indisputable …

Supernova is a dust factory

<b>OXON HILL, Md.</b> — The remnant of a recent supernova contains nearly a star’s mass of dust. The dust’s presence provides strong evidence that similar …

Universe

DNA Discovery Reveals Surprising Dolphin Origins

Mating between two distinct dolphin species created the clymene dolphin, a genetics study shows.<p>A well-known dolphin species, the clymene dolphin, arose from mating between two separate and distinct dolphin species, report genetics researchers.<p>Also known as the "short-snouted spinner dolphin," the …

Video: Fish leaps to catch birds on the wing

Tigerfish swallows swallows after grabbing them out of the air over African lake.<p>Fish catches bird in flight<p>The waters of the African lake seem calm …

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Rapid loss of top predators ‘a major environmental threat’

The rapid loss of top predators such as dingoes, leopards and lions is causing an environmental threat comparable to climate change, an international group of scientists has warned.<p>A study by researchers from Australia, the US and Europe found that removing large carnivores, which has happened …

Fish Fluorescence Widespread: 180 Species Found To Glow

Fluorescence is surprisingly common in many different kinds of fish.<p>When ichthyologist John Sparks set out to the Caribbean island of Little Cayman in 2011 with colleagues, the plan was to study fluorescence in corals. But a little green eel happened to pass by one of the cameras. When the …

Biology

NOVA - Official Website | Life's Little Essential

Inquiry: AN OCCASIONAL COLUMN<p>Life's Little Essential<p>Everybody knows liquid water is necessary for life, at least as we know it. But just why …

Magazines | National Wildlife Federation

<i>National Wildlife®</i><p>Our award-winning flagship publication blends spectacular photos with in-depth articles about wildlife.<p><i>Ranger Rick®</i><p>Bringing the …

Why sharks have no bones

Elephant shark's genome — the first of a cartilaginous fish — exposes early evolution of vertebrates.<p>A funky-looking fish with an outsized snout has …

Starfish Spot The Way Home With Eyes On Their Arms

Most starfish have eyes on the tips of their arms. They’re hard to see and even if you spot them, you might not recognise them as eyes. But they can see you (as long as you’re not moving too fast).<p>The starfish in the top image is an Indo-Pacific species called the blue star (<i>Linckia laevigata</i>). …

These Animals Don’t Care That It’s Freezing Outside

I was the first one to bust out my puffy jacket, gloves and hat to stay warm. I don’t like coffee, but I offer to hold other people’s drinks to warm …

Readers’ wildlife photographs: Green heron and hooded merganser

Reader Pete Moulton took these lovely bird photos in Arizona. The notes below are his, and you can click on both photos to enlarge them.<p>Here are a …