Laura Wise

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Skywatchers Enjoy Comet Bonanza

Changing Planet<p><b>Backyard astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere get an eyeful this week, when four comets will be visible with binoculars or small telescopes in the early morning sky.</b><p>First up, the most famous of the bunch is Comet ISON, which is currently speeding towards its close encounter with …

Rare Saola, Dubbed “Asian Unicorn,” Sighted for First Time in 21st Century

Changing Planet<p>A female saola pictured in Laos in 1996. Photograph by William Robichaud.<p><b>Ghosting through the forests of Laos and Vietnam, the saola—a large ox that looks like an antelope—eluded researchers and their cameras for nearly 14 years.</b><p>But camera traps set out by the World Wildlife Fund …

Good Vibrations: 7 Animals That Use Vibrations to Communicate

<b>Although we can’t always perceive them, vibrations provide a critical way of communicating for many animal species.</b><p>Scientists think vibrational communication is an ancient sensory mode—one that is still widely used throughout the animal kingdom. Animals from tiny insects to jumbo-size elephants …

New Theory: Hunter-Gatherers Domesticated Dogs From Gray Wolves

Study suggests hunter-gatherers in Europe were first to tame wolves.<p><b>Man's best friends may have started off as European gray wolves, according to scientists whose research is challenging earlier thinking around where and why dogs became domestic animals.</b><p>The finding, detailed in this week’s issue of …

New Caledonia Expedition: A Treasure Trove of Stunning Sea Life

Changing Planet<p>Yesterday we explored the remote Huon Island and its lagoon, and experienced the most vibrant refuge for marine life, including an incredible diversity of species. In this photo essay you will see the azure waters of the Huon lagoon, a little jack using a shark’s wave pressure to …

New Species of Fuzzy Daisy and Other Furry Flora

<b>With chilly weather on the way, most of us are pulling our fuzzy coats out of the back of the closet.</b><p>A new species of daisy already has itself covered—and what a cool-looking coat.<p>Researchers found <i>Coespeletia palustris</i> during an expedition high in the páramo ecosystem of the Venezuelan Andes—at …