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If CO2 Emissions Keep Up, Earth Is Headed Back to The Triassic Period – Or Worse

Carbon levels not seen in almost half a billion years.<p>It's no secret that our planet is getting hotter due to heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) …

Paleo-detectives energize great whale mystery: how & when baleen evolved

A bizarre change occurs in the mouth of a humpback whale during its development in the womb. Several dozen tooth buds sprout in a row on both sides …

Historical documents reveal Arctic sea ice is disappearing at record speed

Summer Arctic sea ice is at its lowest since records began over 125 years ago<p>Scientists have pieced together historical records to reconstruct Arctic sea ice extent over the past 125 years. The results are shown in the figure below. The red line, showing the extent at the end of the summer melt …

Global Warming

Great white sharks disappear into the middle of the Pacific Ocean every year — and scientists are trying to figure out why

There's not a lot going for this particular spot in the ocean. It's about 3000-5000 meters deep, and pretty barren as far as foodstuffs go. But the massive sharks—which can reach lengths of nearly 22 feet—stay there from about April to July, clustered in an area smaller than Panama. When the males …

Bornean orangutan, whale shark and widehead shark on verge of extinction

The Bornean orangutan has been placed on a critically endangered list by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Whale sharks and a …

These fake turtle eggs could crack a black market in animal poaching

Smooth to the touch and perfectly round, these ping pong ball-size eggs could easily pass for any of the millions laid and buried every year by endangered sea turtles on the beaches along the North and Central American coasts.<p>That’s the hope, anyway. Except in this case, they were laid by a 3D …

Wildlife

The Threats That Are Having the Biggest Impact On Our Oceans

Our oceans offer some of the most beautiful sceneries we have on the planet and are home to several thousands of species of marine life, and it is …

Pollution

Michelle Obama: "Tell Your Daughters It's Okay to Be Bossy"

The First Lady has spoken out about gender equality as part of her Let Girls Learn initiative.<p>Michelle Obama – who was in Madrid yesterday – has been on tour to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative, where she has been speaking out about women's rights. The First Lady gave her take on how we can …

Gender

Anglers' plan to feed endangered B.C. orcas given green light, but met with some criticism

A group of fishermen in British Columbia say the federal government has given it the green light for a project designed to feed endangered killer …

Dolphins Cooperate by Talking It Out - Inkfish

By Elizabeth Preston | June 8, 2016 10:17 am<p>How do you know when animals are working together? Just because two animals got something done jointly …

This Aquarium Is Moving All Its Dolphins To A Seaside Sanctuary

The sanctuary, which will involve enclosed areas in natural ocean water, will be the first of its kind.<p>Baltimore’s National Aquarium is taking an colossal step toward animal welfare with the creation of a “seaside sanctuary” where it will retire the eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in its …

Dolphins

Video of orcas in the Gulf have scientists asking questions

NEW ORLEANS -- A rare sight off the Louisiana coast is surprising experts and could have them re-evaluating the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.<p>The …

Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia

From <i>Phys.org</i>:<p>Orca cultural groups found to be genetically distinct<br>June 2, 2016 by Bob Yirka report<br>Orca cultural groups found to be genetically …

Anthropology

SeaWorld Orca Was Trying to Save Itself, Not Kill Itself

When the orca Morgan beached herself in Tenerife, the Internet exploded with speculation and criticism of captivity.<p>A captive killer whale in a marine park was recently filmed after a show appearing to beach herself on a concrete ledge.<p>Some call her actions “suicidal,” speculating that she was …

This Cute Rodent Is the First Mammal to Go Extinct Due to Human-Caused Climate Change

Say goodbye to the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rat-like creature that lived on a tiny island near the north coast of Australia. Significantly, it …

Joe Biden Said Guys Who Ignore Misogyny Are 'Accomplices' to Sexual Assault

Speaking at DC's first ever United State of Women Summit, the vice president asked men to end the "locker room talk, the bar banter, the rape jokes."<p>Speaking at the first ever United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC, Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said that men who don't confront the …

U.S. Soccer pushes to dismiss equal pay complaint from female players

Since five members of the U.S. women's soccer team filed a complaint earlier this year alleging pay discrimination, the U.S. Soccer Federation has …

JetBlue’s unwritten dress code for women: Airline’s issue with shorts exposes a serious flaw in employee “discretion”

JetBlue was wrong to make a burlesque dancer passenger change out of her shorts—which they’d let her fly in earlier<p>On May 18, the 26-year-old Seattle burlesque performer who goes by the name Maggie McMuffin was flying from New York to Seattle on JetBlue, on connecting flights, one from New York to …

Flying

Crossing the 'abortion desert': Women increasingly travel out of their states for the procedure

When she discovered she was pregnant, the 22-year-old aspiring veterinarian started calling abortion clinics in her home state of Oklahoma. It was a short list – there are only two, and neither could get her an appointment quickly.<p>Unemployed, no car, and still living with her parents, Pearl thought …

Data Protection

Biologists Are Now Collecting Whale Snot With Drones

Whale "blow" is liquid gold.<p>Whale "blow" is exactly what it sounds like. To us, it's that warm blast of snot, vapor, and biological material that comes rocketing out of a whale's blowhole. But to marine biologists, it's a matter more precious than gold.<p>Getting snot bombed by a whale—while messy and …

Young Men Are Facing a Masculinity Crisis

We are at a historic moment in gender relations. The women’s movement can move ahead with the active support, involvement and encouragement of men, …

Groundbreaking study exhumes untold Nazi brutalization of women’s bodies

Dr. Beverley Chalmers’ latest book is not the kind people want to read. Yet, it’s one they should.<p>Titled, “Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices Under …

Pregnancy

Scientists have identified only 0.001% of all species on Earth

To figure this out, biologists in the US combined more than 35,000 separate analyses of microscopic and non-microscopic species.<p>This massive compilation of documented life forms covered 5.6 million species sampled from locations across all the world's oceans and land masses (excluding Antarctica), …

Biology

Why Republicans love comparing abortion to slavery

Last week, Congress heard testimony on a bill called the "Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act" (PRENDA). It would prohibit a woman from seeking an abortion based on the race or sex of her fetus.<p>Pro-choice advocates say that bills like PRENDA are based on racist stereotypes that are not only offensive, …

Unique coral reef ecosystem discovered in the Amazon river

A reef ecosystem unlike any seen before has just been discovered at the mouth of the Amazon River.<p>Wedged between the French Guiana-Brazil border and …

Habitats

Men's Restroom or Women's? Nature Is Never That Simple

From preschool onward, children learn to categorize everything -- rocks, animals, plants and, of course, people. Eventually we learn to box our …

Biology

93 Percent of the Great Barrier Reef Ruined By Climate Change

For those who deny the effects of climate change, they should probably head down under and take a gander at the current state of the Great Barrier …

Dolphins' complex language might help us decrypt alien messages

Alien communication may be washing over the Earth this very moment. The trouble is, we may not be able to separate their message from the rest of all …

Language

Hillary Clinton's Limited Feminism: Why Electing a Woman President Is Not Enough

Over the past several months, the Clinton campaign and its celebrity supporters have worked hard to convince the American public that "Hillary" is synonymous with feminism. On the campaign trail, Lena Dunham stated, "Our first female president would send a message that we are here. We are ready to …

Feminism

Orca tagging stops after dead whale found with fragments

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal biologists have temporarily stopped tagging endangered killer whales in Washington state's Puget Sound after a dead orca was …

Puget Sound