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How Horses Got Their Hooves

All four-limbed, land-based vertebrates came from a common ancestor with legs that ended in five toes. Over time, many animals lost some of their digits: Hippos, rhinos and camels have four, three and two toes on each leg. But only one living group of animals ended up with a single toe per foot: …

Evolution

From Weapons to Space Travel: The Evolution of the Rocket

The evolution of the rocket has made it an indispensable tool in the exploration of space. For centuries, rockets have provided ceremonial and …

Exploration

10 Possible Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder

In the fall of 2006, beekeepers in North America began reporting the disappearances of entire colonies of bees, seemingly overnight. In the U.S. …

Bees

Being a good scientist and a good human: thoughts on teaching during Trump

Encourage students to read news dispassionately, but identify morally objectionable behaviors.<p>I've been teaching American politics at the collegiate level for nearly two decades. Entering the classroom this fall will be unlike previous semesters. The Trump presidency is unprecedented in many ways, …

Teaching

Do Biodegradable Items Really Degrade in Landfills?

Organic materials “biodegrade” when they are broken down by other living organisms (such as fungi, bacteria, or other microbes) into their …

Recycling

Saturn in Blue and Gold

Why is Saturn partly blue?

Astronomy

Follow Harvey's calamitous multi-day meander over Texas in this extraordinary animation of satellite imagery

As Harvey flooded Houston with relentless rains, the GOES-16 weather satellite watched from above One of the most destructive storms in U.S. history …

Weather

Noninvasive Cancer Blood Test Could Detect Disease at Earliest Stages

Every year, more than half a million Americans die of cancer.<p>Earlier diagnosis and treatment could save many of those lives.<p>Advertisement<p>Advertisement<p>…

Cancer

Climate change did not “cause” Harvey, but it’s a huge part of the story

9 things we can say about Harvey and climate.<p>Several people have written some version of “what you can say about Hurricane Harvey and climate change” in the past few days. I’ll link to some of them below.<p>But I think they are all saying too little. There’s much more to say, so much more! In fact, …

Climate Change

Check out Google’s solar eclipse megamovie assembled from more than 34,000 images of the eclipse

The images, which were taken by amateur scientists across the U.S., were stitched together algorithmically to reveal an extended look at the sun’s atmosphere as the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse passed over the country.<p>MG

Solar Eclipse

The Science of Why Yawning Is Contagious

Every person yawns. So do many other vertebrate animals, including snakes, dogs, cats, sharks, and chimpanzees. While yawning is contagious, not …

Psychology

Should we even really worry about GMOs?

On this episode of <i>StarTalk</i> on <i>Mashable,</i> Neil deGrasse Tyson examines whether GMOs are something the public should have anxiety over.<p>Check out the full</i> …

Geek

How Can a Cat Survive a High-Rise Fall? Physics!

Sometimes a cat will fall out of a window or balcony—a byproduct, no doubt, of a cat doing cat things. If you have a house cat, your feline's …

Physics

Introducing ‘dark DNA’ – the phenomenon that could change how we think about evolution

Some animals seem to have missing genes – but the reality is a lot more intriguing.<p>DNA sequencing technology is helping scientists unravel questions …

TV

Meet Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world

This older gentleman is a celebrity figure for his species, but for an unfortunate reason. His name is Sudan, and he is the very last male northern …

Wildlife

Road accident in Thailand saves 88 pangolins

By Supapong Chaolan<p>An accident at traffic lights in Thailand’s Kanchanadit district has proved the salvation of 88 protected pangolins probably …

Asia

As climate change warms the Northeast, some snowshoe hares stay brown all year

Snowshoe hares have adapted to warmer winters — but it’s unclear if they can change as fast the climate<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>The quintessential image of a snowshoe hare (<i>Lepus americanus</i>) is a pure white bunny — although it is a hare, not a rabbit– nestled in …

Climate Change

Over 300 animals have died in Assam’s “worst flood in 30 years”

Among those that have drowned in Kaziranga are rhinos, elephants, and a tiger. A team wildlife experts is working night and day to rescue others from …

Wildlife

There Are only 7,000 Cheetahs Left in the Wild – Here’s How You Can Protect Them

The biodiversity of our planet is suffering tremendously due to several factors caused by human population growth, including habitat loss from the …

Wildlife

What Does it Mean to be on the Endangered Species List?

Endangered species are plants or animals that are at great risk of extinction unless rapid action is taken. Right? Well, as it turns out, the label …

Wildlife

British Army Gurkha 'super-tracker' hunting poachers in Gabon to save last remaining elephants

Picking through dense jungle, rarely snapping a twig or bending a blade of grass, the British Army’s “super tracker” silently moves inches closer to a poachers camp, knowing a single sound could draw the attention of ruthless killers armed with AK47s and grenade launchers.<p>Corporal Gyanendra Rai, …

Wildlife

Hero hippos bulldoze crocodile attacking a wildebeest

(Mervyn van Wyk)<p>Cape Town - Timing is everything when visiting Kruger... and nobody understands this better than 72-year-old pensioner, Mervyn Van …

Wildlife

Six illegal wildlife smuggling photos that show the grim reality of this crime

<b>Moscow:</b> Customs officials seized eight rare and endangered gyrfalcons from a passenger who attempted to smuggle them out of Russia in duffle bags. …

Wildlife

The best way to save wildlife is to go see it

Researchers are warning us of a “Biological Annihilation” as more and more species are being wiped out. It is important to take stock and act<p>I still …

Wildlife

Trip of the Week: Iberian Lynx Wildlife Tour

The Iberian lynx is one of the most endangered wild cats in the world, with the WWF estimating that its wild population currently sits at barely 400 …

Wildlife

Kenya brings in world's toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first<p>Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed …

Africa

This is how baby elephants drink water (until they know better)

Elephants are intelligent and graceful animals, but much like humans, they need some time to outgrow the awkwardness of youth.<p>Although it only takes …

Wildlife

First bison calves born in Banff National Park backcountry in 140 years

Print<p>BANFF, Alta. — For the first time in more than 140 years, bison calves have been born in Banff National Park's backcountry.<p>Parks Canada said the …

Canada

Under pressure: the story behind China's ivory ban

This year, China’s government enacted a ban on ivory sales and started closing down carving workshops, despite ivory carving being seen as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’. How did such an astonishing U-turn come about?<p>For years Chinese government officials were followed around the world, at every …

Wildlife

South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse

Private rhino horn owner John Hume recently held South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction, a major event in the ongoing fight by private rhino …

Wildlife