Simona Bergman

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The Giant Sea Mammal That Went Extinct in Less Than Three Decades

The quick disappearance of the 30-foot animal helped to usher in the modern science of human-caused extinctions.<p>The Pleistocene, the geologic era immediately preceding our own, was an age of giants. North America was home to mastodons and saber-tooth cats; mammoths and wooly rhinos roamed Eurasia; …

There’s a reason some birds don’t seem to fly south for winter anymore, scientists say

The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says.<p>They are a harbinger of climate change, with species swapping habitats like a game of musical chairs as regions in Europe and the United States warm. Populations of American robins that winter in …

Birds

Vet Praised for His Care of Puppy After Surgery

A video shows what a vet does after a puppy wakes up from a procedure.<p>Dennis Moses, the surgical assistant, was hailed online for his gentle care of …

Purple Kitten is Getting Back to His Glorious Grey Coat

Smurf the kitten has come a long way! He’s so close to getting back to his glorious grey coat! This is his incredible…The post Purple Kitten is …

Pets

Prehistoric claw marks help Flinders University scientists unearth more on extinct Australian lion

Prehistoric claw marks inside a Western Australian cave have helped Adelaide scientists find out more about an animal that before going extinct was …

Kangaroo in heartbreaking 'grieving' photos may actually have killed its mate

Pictures of a dead kangaroo dying in the arms of a male kangaroo, while her joey looked on, touched the hearts of many this week.<p>It looked as if the marsupials were showing human-like emotion as the female kangaroo passed away.<p>However, it looks as if this story has taken a shocking twist.<p>Experts …

Grieving

Double-exposure photos blend animals with habitat

Norwegian artist Andreas Lie creates breathtaking visual images of the natural world.<p>Norwegian visual artist Andreas Lie has found a way to …

16 of the world's most endangered vulture species

Vultures have an undeserved bad reputation. They're often seen as dirty, ugly scavengers, congregating around dead or dying animals. But the reality …

Fossil Whale Found Surrounded by Prehistoric Puke

Spread along the southwestern coast of Peru, the 9.9 to 8.9 million year old rock of the Pisco Formation has yielded some stunning fossils. Paleontologists working there have found the bones of enormous predatory whales, delicately-preserved shark jaws, and sea turtles, just to name a few …

Spanish Olive Farmers Find An Amazingly Low-Tech Alternative To Poisonous Insecticides

These fly traps get rid of a destructive pest, without the chemicals.<p>Next time you drizzle olive oil on your salad, give a thought to the larvae of the olive fly, which love olives as much as you do. Every year in Catalonia, Spain, farmers have to fight these pests so they don’t ruin the year’s …

Yes, Mr. President, We Remade Our Atlas to Reflect Shrinking Ice

While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, the President referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps.<p>Unveiling his most aggressive plan yet to combat climate change, President Obama on Monday referenced recent dramatic changes that National …

Global Warming

A New Climate-Change Danger Zone?

How much does the climate have to change for it to be “dangerous”? This question has vexed scientists ever since the first climate models were developed, back in the nineteen-seventies. It was provisionally answered in 2009, though by politicians rather than scientists. According to an agreement …

The Silent Monkey Victims Of The War On Terror

Thousands of animals have been exposed to deadly pathogens, chemicals, and radiation so that scientists can develop medicines to protect Americans from weapons of mass destruction. Was all this suffering really necessary?

Monkeys

An octopus senses light with its skin

New research shows an octopus can change skin color in response to light, without input from the eye or brain.<p>Well known for their intelligence, …

Zoology

City bans cars for a month, doesn't collapse into chaos

Lots of places close streets to cars for a day, but what happens when you do it for a month?<p>Could this happen in North America? Take a neighborhood …

Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

The buzz around bees has been bad lately. As we've reported, beekeepers say they lost 42 percent of honeybee colonies last summer.<p>And it seems that fixing what ails bees is no simple task. Over the past few decades, they've been hit by diseases and habitat loss. There's also increasing evidence …

Ecology

5 Reasons to Write a Letter to Yourself (and How to Do It)

In high school, my English teacher had everyone bring in a self addressed envelope. She gave us some paper and told us to write a letter to our …

Oil leaked into Hudson River after fire at nuclear reactor near NYC | Reuters

(Reuters) - Oil leaked into the Hudson River on Sunday after a transformer fire and explosion a day earlier at the Indian Point nuclear plant north of New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was concerned about environmental damage.<p>Smoke is seen over the Indian Point nuclear power plant in …

Home-Cooked Meals, Comfy Chairs and Netflix on Mars? It Could Happen

There is no Ikea on Mars. There are no takeout joints or Internet cafes either. Getting to the Red Planet might be half the battle, but staying happy and comfortable there is also a serious challenge.<p>Earlier this week, NASA announced it was offering $5,000 for the best ideas on how to improve …

Game of Thrones

5 Meditations for Navigating Negative, Anxious Thoughts

Navigating negative, anxious thoughts is hard. It’s hard when your mind ruminates on rigid thoughts: I should do things quickly. I should be more …

Meditation

The mysterious world of albino redwood trees

These rare 'ghosts of the forest' don't have chlorophyll, but that doesn't stop them from improvising!<p>You may already be familiar with albinism in …

How To Decorate With Black-and-White

10 classic and sophisticated spaces.<p>The classic color combination makes any room — from bathrooms to bedrooms — sophisticated, chic, and timeless. From horizontal stripes to graphic floor tile, designers share their favorite black-and-white decorating ideas.

Law Enforcement Reacts To Baltimore Officer Criminal Charges

The surprise announcement of criminal charges in Baltimore Friday morning definitely got the attention of police officers. The decision has been welcomed by protesters, but it's causing dismay for law enforcement across the country.<p>"The specter of criminal charges being filed against police …

What's the cause of Antarctica's 'Blood Falls'?

The organisms that thrive in the Dry Valleys could give scientists insights into Mars's history.<p>Antarctica's Dry Valleys are the most arid places on …

10 Great Earth-Friendly Family Movies on Netflix

April 22nd is Earth Day, and it's ideal to actually get outdoors and appreciate nature, join a local park clean-up or otherwise engage in a conservation effort. But if you're looking for a movie to inspire conversation about wildlife, nature, and ways to be kinder to the Earth and its many …

Earth Day

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain