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Earwigs’ beauty forever in a dark cavity

Weardale, County Durham If only they’d reveal those folded wings, translucent and iridescent, shaped like Chinese fans<p>It’s not unusual for earwigs to be active on mild days mid winter but they are, by nature, nocturnal. This one, a male, was grazing on algae from the fence post in broad daylight. …

Nature

Climate change: Why India has pledged to reduce emission intensity only up to 35% by 2030

India has refrained from committing to a cut in absolute emissions and might also be keeping its best target, one higher than 35% less emission …

One Trick Made These Animal Photos Look Totally 3D

It's not every day you see nature photography quite like this.<p>If you like nature photos, you're going to love a gorgeous new series by French photographer Philippe Martin.<p>The animals depicted in the photos--from a bright orange frog to a huge yellow spider--are so lifelike that they seem ready to …

Animal pictures of the week: 2 October 2015 - Telegraph

30 Whales Have Died Off the Coast of Alaska and No One Knows Why

Whales are dying off the coast of Alaska and no one knows why. Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially …

Winners of the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Contest

After months of receiving breathtaking landscape shots from photographers around the world, the winners of the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have just been announced. From 2,604 entries submitted by 481 professionals and amateurs across the globe, judges selected …

11 Super-Cool Science Photos From The Past Decade

From the most colorful view of the deep cosmos to the first-ever photo of a flying bird's baby bump, the past decade has brought many awe-inspiring snapshots of science.<p>Here, your editors at HuffPost Science have curated some of our favorite science photos from the past 10 years, many of which were …

Ecology in a Changing World: the #ESA100 centennial video

Who is the face of ecology in the new millenium? Where do ecologists work and what research questions engage the community? How will ecology bring …

Tears for the Elephant

The most important of these is land. The securing of elephant corridors is paramount if these migrant beings can have a semblance of a natural …

The 4 bears of Canada and how best to see them

Luxury comes in many forms; sometimes it is in 1000 thread count bed sheets, sometimes in the magic of seeing a bear in his natural habitat. Three …

Lucky Whale Watchers Get An Insanely Close View Of Humpback Pod

<i>By Rebecca Endicott, writer at LittleThings.com</i><p>When you go on a whale-watch, just the prospect of seeing the majestic creatures at all is seriously thrilling. For a few lucky tourists off the coast of Massachusetts, their trip out to sea turned into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get <i>really …

The World from a Sea Turtle's Point of View

Ever wonder what life looks like below the surface in the Great Barrier Reef? See it through the eyes of a sea turtle.<p>To better understand the …

Oceans

'Alaskan Tree Frog' Photo Isn't Real - Urban Legends

<b>Description:</b> Viral image / Hoax<b><br>Circulating since:</b> 2013?<b><br>Status:</b> Mislabeled (details below)<p><b>Caption example #1:</b><p><i>Alaskan tree frog. Freezes solid in</i> …

Biodiversity

Where elephants roam: mapping the distribution of an endangered megaherbivore

<i>Conservation is very often about making choices. Take elephants, for example. Sure, we agree that they must be conserved. Yet, there are fundamental</i> …

Encounter – The Crow-billed Drongo

At first glance, it’s a dead ringer for the Racket-tailed Drongo, but then it lacks the rackets in the tail feathers or the prominent crest. Another …

Nature

The Green Ogre - Are these pelican killers hungry or plain...

Are these pelican killers hungry or plain audacious?

The Real Geology Behind Pixar's Short Film Lava

Pixar’s geological love story <i>Lava</i> isn’t just meant to evoke the tropical islands of Hawaii; it’s actually inspired by a real underwater volcano off …

Movies

Dead Dolphins In Fukushima Found Stranded With White Radiated Lungs

Japanese scientists are dumbfounded by the discovery<p>Posted by: Neon Nettle |@NeonNettle<p>on 27th November 2016 @ 7.42pm<p>© press<p><b>Japanese scientists</b> …

Medicine

Goa Tourism to promote AviTourism in a big way

Goa Tourism has decided to undertake massive promotion of Goa as a leading destination for Ornithologists and bird lovers from all over the world, …

Nature

Mutant Daisies. Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fasciation

FACT CHECK: Does a photograph show a group of daisies that mutated due to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant?<p>Claim: A photograph shows …

July is for the ladies of the house

July is here. And suddenly, we’re in the middle of the year. That sudden panic attack – did you feel it, too?<p>Cheer up and look at the bright side. …

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Good morning, Monday! Rising ahead of the sun in a #Seychelles mangrove forest. What's your #sunrise memory? http://t.co/QMkk3OOC9y

Tropical Trance - Seduced by Peruvian #Amazonia by @Geetri appears today on @thegreenogre #travel http://t.co/AkKlyIZk09

The complicated and fascinating life of farming leafcutter ants

Here’s an interesting look at the life of leafcutter ants, the tiny little farmers of the world. They cut off the leaves of trees and essentially use …

Encounter: White-capped Water Redstart

I woke up at half past five to a clear dawn sky. There was a cold edge to the happy laughter of the brook. Ambling down on creaky knees to wash, I …

Aftermath of an air crash #nature #dragonflies http://t.co/6efliS52MJ

Encounter – Monsieur Baobab

Since I am from Pondicherry, it is only natural that my first blog post concerns this small, serene (now losing it) former French colony on the east …