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

Unless we regain our historic awe of the deep ocean, it will be plundered

In the memorable second instalment of Blue Planet II, we are offered glimpses of an unfamiliar world – the deep ocean. The episode places an unusual …

Oceans

Seahorses found living in River Thames in London

Two species of seahorses have made their home in the River Thames, conservation charity ZSL has found.<p>The creatures have been spotted six times in the last two months in the river between Greenwich and the South Bank.

River Thames

Photo of elephant and calf fleeing fire-throwing mob wins top prize

Photograph taken in eastern India, titled ‘Hell is here’, shows crowd hurling flaming tar balls at animals<p>An arresting image showing an adult elephant and its calf fleeing a mob attack has won a top Asian wildlife photography prize.<p>It shows the two animals running among a crowd that has hurled …

Wildlife

Australian Pigeons Have a Specially Evolved Feather to Better Annoy the Heck Out of You With

Pinpointing the birds’ noisemakers could help researchers better understand why urban avians make so much dang noise<p>Comment on this Story

Birds

Observing Life near the Ocean’s Surface with Satellites

Ocean color (OC) satellites provide a global, long-term view of the oceans from space and greatly improve our understanding of ocean processes. These …

Oceans

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say<p>The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked …

Bees

Photographers against wildlife crime – in pictures

In a new project, an international group of photographers have joined forces to use their powerful images to raise awareness and funds to help stop the illegal wildlife trade

Wildlife

Scientists warn of 'ecological Armageddon' after study shows flying insect numbers plummeting 75%

The number of flying insects has plummeted by 75 per cent in the last 25 years, according to a study that suggests we are approaching an “ecological …

Bees

Peer pressure forced whales and dolphins to evolve big brains, like humans

The human brain has evolved and expanded over millennia to accommodate our ever-more-complex needs and those of our societies. This process is known as “encephalization” and has given us the big brain we need to communicate, cooperate, reach consensus, empathize, and socialize. The same is true for …

Evolution

Sign the Petition

Scientific evidence has now demonstrated that crabs, lobsters, prawns and crayfish are highly likely to experience pain and even emotional anxiety[1].<p>…

Scientific Evidence

Oldest traces of life on Earth may lurk in Canadian rocks

Researchers report chemical evidence of organisms that lived 3.95 billion years ago, but scepticism abounds.<p>Ancient rocks in northeastern Canada …

Anthropology

How different ant species coexist in the same territory

In every animal community, several species in the same group often share habitats. An international team including scientists from Catalonia in Spain …

Ecology

Slow life

Corals and sponges, the undersea lifeforms that make up much of coral reefs, appear still and impassive to the naked eye, unless caught in a current …

Time-lapse Photography

How did that get there? Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

Discovery by UK scientists prompts fear that melting ice will allow more plastic to be released into the central Arctic Ocean – with huge effects on wildlife<p>A British-led expedition has discovered sizeable chunks of polystyrene lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.<p>The …

Climate Change

Jellyfish caught snoozing give clues to origin of sleep

The brainless marine creatures are the simplest organisms known to seek slumber.<p>The purpose and evolutionary origins of sleep are among the biggest …

Internet of Things tackles global animal poaching

The Zoological Society of London is collaborating with a non-profit to develop a sensor and satellite network.<p>15 Sep 2017<p>Download as PDF<p>ZSL …

Nature.com

Genetics<p>How sea creatures change their colour<p>Protean creatures owe their skills to a bacterial gene.<p>Cephalopods such as octopuses, cuttlefish and …

Foraging by Starlight

bioGraphic<p>It's no accident that the opportunistic wild boar has become one of the most widely distributed mammals on the …

Whale Carcasses Become Hotspots for Ocean Life

In winter 2010, Adrian Glover, a marine biologist from the Natural History Museum in London, got a call from a colleague with some good news. While …

Combing the deep

Walk along a beach or pier in summer or fall and, if you're lucky, you may spot a comb jelly or two in the shallows. The luminescent drifters are …

Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans

THE symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature is a giant panda. The panda’s black-and-white pelage certainly makes for a striking logo. But, though …

Drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic is inviting disaster

Here’s a terrifying thought experiment: imagine an oil disaster like Deepwater Horizon. Same scenario—hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil gushing …

Oil Spills

Study: Seismic blasting in Gulf of Mexico hurts dolphins, whales

For the past six months, a battle has raged over a proposal to allow oil and gas companies to perform seismic testing to search for deposits of …

Insects can see the world in much finer resolution than previously thought

Insects have much better vision and can see in far greater detail than previously thought, a new study from the University of Sheffield has …

Biology

Swarms of Octopus Are Taking Over the Oceans

Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they …

Weird and wonderful deep-sea worms

Worms

Watch: Short Film ‘Canuck & I’ Explores the Bond Between A Crow and His Human

It's been a big few months for Canuck, Vancouver's beloved resident crow. In addition to getting a summer job at a local fair, the mischievous corvid …

The algae that terraformed Earth

<b>A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.</b><p>That's what geochemists argue in Nature this week, on the basis of invisibly small traces of biomolecules dug up from beneath the Australian desert.<p>The molecules mark an explosion in the …

There's a way to save hedgehogs – and all of us can help

By taking part in projects such as counting hedgehog homes, ordinary people enable scientists to understand and protect Britain’s much-loved wildlife<p>Today sees the launch of the “hedgehog housing census”. All over the country, thousands of people are going to the trouble and expense of building or …

Wildlife