Matthew Lawson

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The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours

Life on Earth is in trouble. That much we know. But how bad have things become – and how fast are events moving? How soon, indeed, before the Earth’s biological treasures are trashed, in what will be the sixth great mass extinction event? This is what Gerardo Caballos of the National Autonomous …

Paleontology

Our privacy is for sale, we have to accept that. But what’s the price tag?

How cheaply would you trade away your innermost self – whether it’s your childhood memories, that terrible thing you did when drunk and 19, or the identity of that friend you’ve got that long-running and unrequited crush on?<p>In the abstract, we tend to place a high value on our private lives, before …

Privacy

Watch Jumbo Squid Speak by 'Flashing' Each Other

Scientists use Crittercams to spy on the aggressive predators "talking" to each other.<p>Giant Humboldt squid, which can grow as big as a man, speak to each other in flashes of color, their whole bodies quickly changing from red to white and back again. But just what they’re communicating has long …

Saudi cleric issues fatwa on snowmen

A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious edict forbidding the building of snowmen, describing them as anti-Islamic.<p>Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, …

Saudi Arabia

12 elusively blue animals: The rarest critters of them all

Photo: Matt Reinbold/Flickr<p>Blue has long been considered the world's most popular favorite color, even though it's the rarest occuring pigment found …

Nature

Celebrating Armistice Day ‘In Flanders Fields’

A hundred years have passed since the outbreak of World War I, a milestone vividly felt in the western Belgian town of <b>Ypres</b>, which endured some of the conflict’s fiercest fighting.<p>On <b>Armistice Day</b> (November 11), thousands will crowd the streets, monuments, and cemeteries of this textile town turned …

See Earth in Mars’ night sky

If you were standing on Mars, you could see Earth and the moon as two bright evening or morning “stars.” A Mars rover captured this image of Earth in …