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By Melissa Sterry | Exploring the wonders of the natural world.

Whale's eye view: New footage reveals hidden whale world

In a new study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Oregon State University in March, scientists in remote Antarctica have attached cameras with speedometers and suction cups to the backs of minke and humpback whales.<p>The stunning footage has revealed feeding habits and social interactions, while …

Science

Marine organism risks losing its skeleton thanks to climate change

Climate change<p>The exoskeleton of a tiny invertebrate dissolved in acidified water in the lab.<p>High temperatures combined with food shortages and …

Climate Change

Wildlife Poacher Chase and Capture on Camera

How space tech helps forests

Can you count the number of trees in the world? Accurately, no – there are just too many, spread out over too vast an area. But if we could, what …

Forests

First-responder ants suggest helping may be widespread in nature

A species of African ant has been observed carrying their injured comrades back to the nest so that they may recover, another example of behavior …

Biodiversity

Almost Half of Natural World Heritage Sites Are Threatened by Criminal Activity

There are more than 200 designated natural World Heritage sites across the globe, from the Galapagos Islands, to Serengeti National Park, to the …

Ecosystem Earth and its endangered animals

These critically endangered animals, part of the Photo Ark project, are just a tiny fraction of the millions of species that share the planet. Human …

9 ways to attract wildlife into your garden this summer

Your garden will soon be full of life!<p>We're spending more time beautifying our garden for the warmer months, but what are the best practices to …

Gardening

The World Wildlife Fund attached cameras to humpback whales and the footage is incredible

Take a deep breath before you dive!<p>Seeing whales in the wild is certainly on the top of our bucket list for nature's most impressive sights. The …

Polar bear 'dies of a broken heart' after best friend shipped off by SeaWorld

"This should be a wake-up call to SeaWorld: Stop breeding and shipping animals", says Peta.<p>A leading animal welfare charity claims that a polar bear …

Mammals

Are zoo animals happy? There’s a simple empathy test we can apply

Even the best-managed zoos fail to address a captive animal's basic need for freedom<p>The plight of animals in entertainment has gained unprecedented public attention over the past several years, and much of the consciousness-raising has occurred by way of a particular orca whale named Tilikum, known …

Wildlife

As mountains grow, they drive the evolution of new species

A long-standing hypothesis gets hard data<p>Mountains aren't just beautiful: these locales also tend to host some of the richest diversity of species on the planet. We’ve known this for a long time—ever since Alexander von Humboldt, the Prussian geographer and naturalist, first climbed up the Andes in …

Biology

Illegal wildlife trade threatens species at Unesco sites, says WWF

Conservation charity warns that almost half of world heritage sites designated for importance to nature are at risk<p>Almost half of the Unesco world heritage sites designated for their importance to nature are threatened by the illegal wildlife trade, a WWF report has said.<p>Poaching, illegal logging …

Ecosystems

Shocking extent of plastic pollution: Microscopic photos show how plankton consume tiny toxic microfibres that could devastate the ecosytem

• <b>Researchers collected a sample of plankton by towing a net through the water off Devon</b>• <b><br>Under the microscope, it could be seen that the plankton had</b> …

Indian Frog Secretes Virus-destroying Compound Through Its Skin - D-brief

By Nathaniel Scharping | April 18, 2017 3:42 pm<p>The South Indian frog <i>Hydrophylax bahuvistara</i>. A peptide secreted from its skin fights the influenza …

Viruses

Photographer Snaps Rarely Seen Photos Of Plants Emitting Stunning Natural Glow

‘Camelia’, image by Craig Burrows and featured with permission<p><b>Photographer Craig Burrows</b> has photographed hundreds of luminous flowers since 2014. …

Photography

Drone spots humpback whales and orcas moving in on cloud of fish

SHALLOW waters glow in the midday sun off northern Norway, where a mass of Atlantic herring have caught the attention of humpback whales (left) and …

Drones

Legal corner

Your burning questions<p>Each month we will be answering your burning questions and offering tangible ways for you to make a real difference. <b>When you</b> …

Elephants

March of the Flamingos

bioGraphic<p>In the harsh, hot soda lakes of East Africa, flamingos thrive, and now scientists are beginning to understand how these birds live where …

Nature

Dive into the twilight zone off Easter Island reveals new species

A diving expedition off Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) in the Pacific pushes the boundaries of both technology and the human body to reveal a world of unique species just waiting to be discovered

Biodiversity

Whales Keep Carbon Out of the Atmosphere

Unlikely heroes could play a starring role in helping the Pacific islands meet their climate commitments: whales.<p>Residents of the Pacific islands are …

Climate Change

Mysterious 'Plastic Plankton' Art Exhibit Reveals Extent of Ocean Pollution

A series of eerie, stunning images reveals the extent of plastic polluting the world's oceans — by transforming the trash bits into images that look …

Oceans

Young eels use magnetic ‘sixth sense’ to navigate

Earth’s magnetic field helps eels go with the flow.<p>The Gulf Stream fast-tracks young European eels from their birthplace in the Sargasso Sea to the …

Physics

There's An Evolutionary Downside to Having Sex With Everyone

Imagine a world where everyone used Tinder but nobody used birth control: If the results of a new study are any indication, this nightmare scenario …

Biology

Demand an End to Conflict Minerals!

Stand for Wildlife<p>Join more than one million wildlife lovers working to save the Earth's most treasured and threatened species. (Oh, and get a <i>free</i> …

Seasonal warming leads to smaller animal body sizes

Changes in the body size of animals measured under controlled laboratory conditions have been shown to closely match changes in body size with …

Biology

A new discovery puts 100 years of evolutionary theory in doubt

The earliest form of animal life on Earth was a jelly, according to a new genetic analysis which claims to have overturned one aspect of the theory …

Biology

New study shows that three quarters of deep-sea animals make their own light

April 10, 2017<p>This image shows the siphonophore Frillagalma vityazi lit up by lights on a remotely operated vehicle (top) and emitting …

Oceans

UK butterflies worst hit in 2016 with 70% of species in decline, study finds

Mild winter, cold spring and late summer lead to fall in numbers as 40 of 57 species struggle to cope with fluctuating weather<p>Butterflies in the UK have suffered one of their worst years on record, with 70% of all species experiencing a decline in numbers over the past year, according to …

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