Wildlife and Nature

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Incredible comedy wildlife captured in 13 brilliant photos

Even the great David Attenborough might struggle to keep a straight face commentating on this classic comedy wildlife.<p><b>A</b> smiling seal, a face-planting baby elephant and a gorilla picking its nose are among the great efforts submitted for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards, which is back for another …

Comedy

First North Atlantic Great White Shark Nursery Found

A shark research group working in the North Atlantic says it has found the first-ever great white shark nursery in those waters.<p>Ocearch was able to …

Great white shark

Marine park’s expansion a win for Hawai’i, for oceans – Human...

A school of fish in Hawai’i. The expansion of a national monument in northwestern Hawai’i will protect habtitat that is home to more than 1,000 …

Marine biology

Cuttlefish found to have number sense and state-dependent valuation

(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan has found that cuttlefish have both number sense and state-dependent …

Scientific Research

Study challenges long-standing scientific theory: Ant genomics declare 'checkmate' to red king theory

In Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass," the Red Queen explains to Alice how a race works in Wonderland, stating, "Now, here, you see, it …

Big Ideas

This Map Traces Where Animals Will Migrate to Adapt to Climate Change

Humans aren’t the only ones who are being driven out of their homes by climate change. As ecosystems change, many animals around the world will be …

Maps

Rare aquatic cats that fish with their paws are on the brink of extinction

Extinction

Genetic study of skinks suggests extreme matrotrophy evolved only once in Africa

Understanding how various cell types differentiate themselves during development is one of the fundamental questions in developmental biology. Using …

Africa

Like Humans, Chimps Reward Cooperation and Punish Freeloaders

Although humans love the playful ways and toothy grins of chimpanzees, our primate cousins have the reputation of being competitive, churlish and, at …

Science

Regulators Put Limits on Fish No One Wants to Eat

Atlantic saury, pearlsides, sand lances—you’ve probably never tasted any of these fish (or heard of them). But they and other “forage” species play a …

Oceans

Shocking find! Electricity helps trap invasive blood-sucking lampreys in Great Lakes

Scientists have made a shocking discovery about an invasive species threatening the Great Lakes. Electricity is an effective weapon in the fight …

Science

Scientists are strapping sensors to the heads of seals to track Antarctic ice

The amount of freshwater melting into the Antarctic ocean threatens the movement of heat underwater<p>The elephant seal can dive to depths of 2,400 meters, making it the perfect animal to collect data on melting Antarctic ice shelves.<p>By strapping monitoring devices to the animals, which can weigh up …

Oceans

The weird mating habits of daddy longlegs

COLUMBIA, Mo. — If you find a daddy longlegs in your house, don’t be scared. “Daddy longlegs are actually pretty docile animals when it comes to …

Animals

How a 'zombie' coral reef came back to life

A Pacific coral reef thought to have died more than a decade ago now appears to be alive again. A victory for conservation policies?<p>Coral reefs …

Off South Africa's coast, great white sharks are threatened

GANSBAAI, South Africa (AP) — On the edge of a boat off this coastal village, Michael Rutzen stubs his cigarette into a soda can and stares pensively out to sea.<p>He has free-dived with great white sharks for nearly 20 years, and he has never known it to be this difficult to find them.<p>Extensive …

South Africa

Condoms Filled with Chili Powder and Firecrackers Teach Elephants to Stay Away

Conservationists are filling condoms with chili powder and firecrackers … to keep elephants away.<p>This scare tactic, part of a multistep alarm system, …

Cool

Carp demonstrate rapid de-evolution to get their scales back

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from France, Hungary and Madagascar has found that a type of carp bred to have fewer scales and …

Science

Ways to beat heat have hidden costs for birds

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — In the short-term, ways to beat the heat are cool. But for desert birds, even simple panting or flying into the shade have some sneaky …

Science

How seals are helping scientists keep an eye on our oceans

You may have seen some *adorable* photos floating around of the seals carrying out very important scientific research for us humans in the Southern …

The Thirsty Little Snake That Swam Across the World

It’s always dehydrated, and it's not a great swimmer, but it can somehow cross oceans.<p>If someone asked you to think about a global animal that has spread over much of the earth, you’ll probably think of something like the brown rat, the rock pigeon, or us humans. You probably <i>won’t</i> think about the …

Oceans

How the National Park Service Is Planning for Climate Change

The agency is forging ahead despite slashed budgets and outdated policies.<p>Five years ago, just after archaeologist Marcy Rockman joined the National Park Service’s new climate change response program, the GOP-controlled Congress slashed its budget by 70 percent. Republicans were determined to …

Climate Change

Extinct 'Micro Lion' Is Named For Sir David Attenborough

Enlarge this image<p>Paleontologists at the University of New South Wales in Australia say they have identified a tiny new species of marsupial lion that lived around 18 million years ago.<p>The extinct, squirrel-sized animal weighed about 1.3 pounds, likely lived in trees and had teeth that suggest it …

David Attenborough

Nature has a remedy for oil spills, and it’s all over the place - Conservation

Certain aquatic plants that are unusually water-repellent and oil-attracting may represent an opportunity for eco-friendly cleanup of oil spills—and …

Nature

Cottoning on to the importance of pollinators - Conservation

Over the years, researchers have documented how the presence of pollinators—whose population are in decline—can increase the yields of dozens of food …

Agriculture

Motivating people to protect nature takes more than money - Conservation

Do people best protect nature when they stand to gain from it economically, or when their love of nature is its own reward? It’s a central question …

Conservation

Fishing gear entanglements of marine birds is focus of Smithsonian ecologist's study

To catch tuna in the Pacific today, many commercial fishing ships set a series of long lines through the water—lines that are bristling with hundreds …

Marine biology

Controversial pesticides threaten not just bees, but butterflies, too - Conservation

Most of the furor surrounding neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely-used pesticides, focuses on the harms they cause to bees. Yet these chemicals …

Conservation

This is by far the world's most adorable squid

While studying the ocean depths off the coast of California, the E/V Nautilus came across this googly-eyed stubby squid.

California

Mysterious jungle squirrel with scaly tail declared a 'living fossil'

Never seen alive, the elusive Zenkerella has changed very little over the course of its 50 million years on earth.

Squirrels