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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. …

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 …

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 …

Photography

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

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 …

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 …

Canada

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> …

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

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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 …

Hawaii

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> …

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, …

Mutant Daisies from Fukushima?

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 …

Fact Checking

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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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 …

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 …

Horsing around Horsley Hills!

On the last weekend of March this year, after almost five years, I revisited the place of my first ever birding trip – Horsley Hills near Madanapalle …

Encounter: Bombay Caecilian, an amphibian epiphany

<b>Its serpentine structure and moist, clammy skin gives the caecilian the appearance of a frog masquerading as a snake. Chances are you’ve seen this</b> …