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ScienceShot: Bumblebees Capable of Flying Higher Than Mount Everest

The last thing you’d expect to see out your airplane window is a bumblebee cruising by. But a new study suggests that the insects might be capable of …

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The ups and downs of early atmospheric oxygen

A team of biogeochemists at the University of California, Riverside, give us a nontraditional way of thinking about the earliest accumulation of …

Three new species of marsupial with suicidal sex habits discovered

Rare among mammals, the antechinus male copulates to the point of disintegration<p>The rat-sized antechinus rose to infamy last year when it was revealed that males of the species literally killed themselves through overly vigorous sex sessions. Living no longer than a year, they would spend the …

Model predicts how trees in canopy compete - Futurity

Airborne images indicated unusually large tree growth, so scientists developed a mathematical model to show what's really happening on the ground.

This Bird Is Hide-And-Seek World Champion

Can you spot the bird in this video? If not, it may already be too late.<p>The U.K.'s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council posted this video of a nightjar, which is a bird that is <i>really damn good</i> at hiding. Look under your desk. Look behind your bed. Look above you now--right now. No …

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World’s oldest wild bird gives birth at age 63

An albatross named Wisdom is thought to be the oldest wild bird – and the oldest bird mom – in the world. Her latest chick hatched in early February …

Birds

How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido's Brain

A paw on the leg. A nose nuzzling against your arm. Maybe even a hop onto your lap.<p>Dogs always seem to know when you're upset and need extra love, even though they hardly understand a word of what you say. How can that be?<p>Our four-legged friends have a little patch of their brain devoted to …

Antarctic glacier melting could go on for decades - Futurity

The largest single contributor to global sea level rise, a glacier of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, may continue melting for decades to come.

Forget The Local Cold: Worldwide, It Was Another Hot January

January will go down in the weather history books as the fourth-warmest on record.<p>That's right.<p>No matter how brutal the winter was in North America, especially the Eastern half, it was balanced by warm temperatures elsewhere on the planet.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's …

Utah Lawmaker Says Atmosphere Needs More Carbon Dioxide Emissions

"We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants," said state representative Jerry Anderson, who is also a former science teacher.<p>The majority of climate scientists who believe that concerning levels of carbon dioxide are being pumped into the atmosphere have got it wrong; Instead, there …

Carbon Dioxide

ROASTED FENNEL AND WHITE BEAN DIP

At work, I have a straight-shot view from my sample corner to the front of the store. The other day, an older man, let's say early 70's, bee lined …

Spinach and Goat Cheese Baked Omelet Sandwiches

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.<p>2. Heat oil in small ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leek, and sauté 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in 3/4 …

Human impact shrank European beaver gene pool - Futurity

Ancient and modern DNA reveal that the distribution and lack of genetic diversity among modern European beavers is largely due to hunting by humans.

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Bird That Does Unbelievable Impressions of Chainsaws, Car Alarms

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 02.07.14.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Charles Darwin hated the peacock — <i>hated it</i> — …

A Salmon Has a Better GPS Than You Do

Young animals are capable of some pretty astounding feats of navigation. To a species like ours, whose native sense of direction isn’t much to speak …

Finch birdsong beats ancestor's simple tune

Like Darwin’s Finches, But Weirder, Bat Faces Showcase Amazing Adaptations

Bats come in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes, representing some of the widest variation among all mammals — most notably the New World leaf-nosed bats. These creatures, which when photographed often look drowsy and avuncular, are distinguished by horn-like appendages on their noses. These are …

Biology

New Crocodile Species Found In West Africa

It diverged from its most closely related kin about 7 million years ago.<p>Meet the west African slender-snouted crocodile. It looks quite similar to slender-snouted crocs in central Africa. But a recent investigation found that it is in fact a different species, and separated from its central African …

Zoology

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Growing food in population centres would increase yields, cut transport costs and overcome limited land area<p>Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in …

Prince Charles and Prince William Condemn Wildlife Trafficking

Every day, nearly 100 elephants in Africa meet a bloody end at the hands of poachers. The number of African elephants has fallen by 76% since 1980. …

Learning About Love From Prairie Vole Bonding

Most mammals have "love 'em and leave 'em" relationships, but not the prairie vole. They mate for life, sharing nest-building duties and an equal role in raising their young.<p>It looks a lot like a relationship many of us would like to have. Prairie voles have long been of interest to scientists …

New ape: the changing face of Guy the gorilla

Guy the gorilla might be dead, but his capacity for reinvention is remarkable. It's like he's a new ape<p>Name: Guy<br>Species: <i>Gorilla gorilla gorilla</i><br>Dates: 1946-1978<br>Claim to fame: Celebrity zoo animal<br>Where now: Natural History Museum, London<p>Our attitudes towards taxidermy have undergone a radial …

Pollution from Canada's oil sands likely underestimated - Futurity

Extracting petroleum from oil sands in a region of Alberta, Canada, may result in more air pollution than earlier estimates suggest.