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Stromatolites have been on Earth for 3.7 billion years, and scientists just found some in a Tasmanian swamp

Stromatolites were likely the first living organisms on Earth with fossil records dating these strange creatures back to 3.7 billion years ago. …

Evolution

Huge news: scientists solve mystery of dead male woolly mammoths

Young male Ice Age mammoths probably roamed alone and got themselves into risky situations more often than their female counterparts, study finds<p>Scientists have solved the mystery of why the overwhelming majority of mammoth fossils are male.<p>Much like wild elephants today, young male Ice Age …

Paleontology

New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Ape on Earth

A population of about 800 apes living in the Sumatran mountains are genetically distinct, a new study says.<p>On November 20, 2013, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme got a call about an injured orangutan found in the mountainous region of Tapanuli.<p>"He had cuts on his face, on his head, …

Wildlife

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. …

Insects

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 …

Climate

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 …

Nature

Animal pictures of the week: 2 October 2015 - Telegraph

Nature

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 …

Space Shuttle

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 …

Ecology

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 …

Nature

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 …

Myrtle Beach

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> …

Nature

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> …

Conservation

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 …

Birds

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Are these pelican killers hungry or plain audacious?

The Real Geology Behind Pixar's Short Film Lava

Animation

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

July is for the ladies of the house

Download the July 2014 wallpaper for laptop screens<p>July is here. And suddenly, we’re in the middle of the year. That sudden panic attack – did you …

Green Living

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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 …