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Tiny parasite could be behind massive worldwide decline of bees

Biologists discover single-celled parasite could have greater-than-expected impact on honey bee colonies that have undergone mysterious declines<p>A tiny parasite might be responsible for the rapid decline in honey bee colonies around the world, according to a study into infection rates in …

Insects

Cartwheeling Spider, Psychedelic Sea Slug

The world's most fascinating plants and animals of 2014 also include a giant stick insect and a frog that gives birth to live tadpoles.<p>For 20 years, divers off the Japanese coast had wondered what was making mysterious "crop circles" on the ocean floor. In 2014, scientists discovered the culprit …

Looking at the Stars

Spectacular Images of Dazzling Star Trails in the Night Sky

Singapore-based photographer Justin Ng captures absolutely breathtaking photos of the night sky, including these dazzling composite images of star trails curving over various landscapes. Star trail images show the apparent motion of the stars across the sky due to the rotation of the Earth. Ng's …

Photography

Night At The Lighthouse

Breathtaking Photos of the Night Sky Capture the Beauty of the Cosmos

Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt captures breathtakingly beautiful photos of the night sky shining over magnificent landscapes. Dazzling stars, glimpses of the Milky Way, and otherworldly auroras can be seen with startling clarity in his gorgeous images. Each shot is an extraordinary …

Photography

Heritage of Water Ice in the Solar System

An image of the stellar nursery in NGC 3603 where stars are actively forming from the nebula’s extended clouds of gas and dust. Credit: ESO<p><i>New</i> …

Universe

New Horizons: Potential KBO Targets Identified

The welcome news that the Hubble Space Telescope has found three potential Kuiper Belt targets for New Horizons means that our hopes for an extended …

Astronomy

The Zen of SETI

The SETI challenge has often been likened to archaeology, and for good reason. In both cases, we are trying to recover information about cultures …

Full Moon at Perigee (Super Moon): 2001 to 2100

Introduction<p>The Moon revolves around Earth in an elliptical orbit with a mean eccentricity of 0.0549. As a result, the Moon’s distance from Earth …

Astronomy

What our sunsets would look like if the sun was replaced with other stars

Starry Self-Portraits with the Northern Lights

Finnish photographer Tiina Törmänen wanted to capture how small and fragile humans are in the unfathomable expanse of space, so she shot a series of …

Photography

Hyenas buddy up to friends of friends - Futurity

Spotted hyenas, just like Facebook users, often prefer to form bonds with friends of friends.

Zoology

Encounters With the Birds of Hawai’i Volcanoes

Changing Planet<p><b>KIPUKAPUAULU–</b>Within an area Hawaiians hold sacred, the realm of the gods thousands of feet above the ocean on Big Island, a spectacular biodiversity hot spot known locally as “Bird Park” is an excellent place to observe and hear the avian species of Hawai’i Volcanoes National …

How Kenya’s New Wildlife Forensic and Genetics Lab Will Help Save Wildlife

Changing Planet<p>By Fredrick Nzwili<p>In Kenya, poaching of wildlife for bush meat, trophies such as rhino horns and elephant tusks, skins of animals, feathers of birds, as well as illegal trafficking in animals for the pet trade such as rare chameleons and parrots, has reached epic proportions.<p>While …

Octopuses, and Maybe Squid, Can Sense Light With Their Skin

Octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, the animals collectively known as cephalopods, are capable of the most incredible feats of camouflage. At a whim, they can change the colour, pattern, and texture of their skins to blend into the background, baffle their prey, or communicate with each other.<p>As if …

The Echoes of Toothed Birds

Whenever I spot a grebe, I try to imagine the bird with teeth. This is another symptom of a chronically fossiliferous mind. You see, these snake-necked swimming birds have traditionally been taken as a proxy for a specific sort of ancient avian called hesperornithiforms. Best known by, as you might …

The Great Tuskers of Matusadona National Park

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>Matusadona National Park in northern Zimbabwe is one of the few places in Africa where great numbers of elephants still roam.</b><p>The 404 square-mile wilderness adjacent to Lake Kariba forms part of a remarkable Tusker gene pool that is linked to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and Hwange …

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