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On the Slow Train to Find Vultures in Northern Kenya

My 1985 Toyota Landcruiser can’t swim. So when the mud-coloured lake that was once a road started pouring through my doors I knew it was time to get the heck outta there. Our only alternative route was through the mud. The thought of spending the next couple of days stuck 20 km from nowhere was …

The Bug Chef Shares How to Eat Grasshoppers, Ants, and Spiders in Style

David George Gordon, also known as “The Bug Chef,” has shared his love for cooking insects through demonstrations in thirty-two states and four foreign countries. The Seattle-based chef and naturalist is the author of nineteen books, including 1998’s <i>The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook</i>.<p><i>The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook</i> has …

New ‘Boston Magazine' Photos of Marathon Suspect Add to Conversation

The bloody photographs contrast with the Rolling Stone cover.<p><b>On Thursday afternoon, Boston Magazine published several new photos of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The photographs were taken the night of Tsarnaev's capture by Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the</b> …

February 2013

March 2013

Snow Lines Around a Young Star

Snow lines in space give astronomers clues to planet formation.<p><b>A group of researchers has finally found the perfect snow line. But rather than wielding skis and snowboards, they've been using a giant array of radio antennas—called ALMA—pointed at the cosmos.</b><p>On Earth, a snow line is where snow and …

August 2013

‘Sharknado’ Got One Thing Right: Aquatic Animals Sometimes Do Fall From the Sky

Changing Planet<p>Tornadoes over water are too weak to lift sharks, but strong enough to bring smaller animals ashore.<p>Sharks fell from the sky in the SyFy Channel’s “Sharknado,” a campy movie that stirred up Internet buzz and is getting a sequel.<p>The premise of the movie can be summed up in this line …

Biggest Virus Yet Found, May Be Fourth Domain of Life?

Pandoraviruses opening up new questions about life as we know it.<p><b>Scientists have found the biggest viruses known, and these pandoraviruses have opened up entirely new questions in science—even suggesting a fourth domain of life, a new study says.</b><p>Each about one micron—a thousandth of a millimeter—in …

Extinction: is it really that bad?

<b>PERHAPS SOCIETY'S BIGGEST CHALLENGE,</b> and arguably our largest failure, is the continuing loss of species from Earth.<p>The massive impact we are having …

The mysterious world of pygmy seahorses

<b>PYGMY SEAHORSES ARE AMONG</b> the world’s smallest fishes. Around 2cm in length, these tiny animals are relatively new to science: six of the seven …

South-east Asia

OPINION: What killed Australia's megafauna?

<b>THROUGHOUT THE ICE AGE</b> that characterised our planet for much of the last two million years, mainland Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea formed a …

Antarctica

The Kakapo: The world's weirdest parrot?

<b>THE KAKAPO COULD EASILY</b> be considered the strangest parrot in the world. Three things mark it out as very unusual among its peers: it's flightless, …

New Zealand

Big bang theory: how dinosaurs had sex

<b>DINOSAURS WERE THE LARGEST</b> animals to ever walk Earth, and they ruled the planet for more than 160 million years. The long-necked <i>Argentinosaurus</i>, …

Dinosaurs

April 2013