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Brazilian Wasp Venom Kills Cancer Cells, But Not Healthy Cells

Health and Medicine Photo credit: Wasp close up. Attila Fodemesi/Shutterstock.Wasps get their fair share of bad press. They have painful stingers, …


Venomous Sea Snake Takes Down Poisonous Stonefish

The waters of Darwin Harbor, in Australia, were the setting for a pitched battle between a poisonous stonefish, among the deadliest of fish in the …


Shell-less Turtle Ancestor Linked to Birds Crocodiles

Is a turtle really a turtle without its shell?

Just ask Eunotosaurus africanus, believed to be the earliest known turtle ancestor. The …


Unique Fish Species is Dangerously Close to Extinction - Bites @ Animal Planet

Although once widespread, the species is now clinging to existence in just one location: a single estuary near the city of Hobart, in Tasmania. Their …


Faced with bad weather, female seabirds keep fishing - Conservation

Climate change discussions are typically dominated by temperature, with ocean acidification as a close second. But those winds are slowly …


For safer, cheaper pest control, just add ants

Ants offer a surprisingly effective alternative to synthetic pesticides, according to a new research review.


12 surprising flightless birds

Have wings, won't fly

Over the course of time, there have been many birds who decided that flight wasn't really for them and stuck to the ground, or …


Monarch Butterflies are in Trouble. What Can You Do?

Watch monarch emerging from chrysalis here

Consider collecting and sowing milkweed seed to help struggling monarch butterflies.

Credit Marin …


Coyotes Raid Sea Turtle Nests in Florida

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With the nesting season of the turtles on Sanibel and Captiva island underway, beach cameras have caught three …


Hummingbirds Are Fierce, Deadly Gods of War

Ounce-for-ounce, they're probably the fiercest creatures on Earth.
Courtesy of Flickr user Dann Solo.
Hummingbirds seem to be composed of equal parts …


Sea-Turtle Season

The turtle emerged unannounced from the sea, her massive shell peaking into the moonlight first, then her head, then her body. Heaving after her thousand-mile journey, she dragged herself ashore, found a quiet spot in the dunes, burrowed into the sand, and laid her hundred eggs. And then, …

Sea Turtles

Black Skimmer family - Nickerson Beach, NY

Black Skimmer family at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York:

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and here is a …


#RestingTortoiseFace. Pic: Chris Potin http://t.co/dspzulUcPx

Montana Teens Help Save Sage Grouse

Greater sage grouse. Photo Credit: USFWSGreater sage grouse populations across the West have been in decline for decades, and this September the U.S. …


Springy Swan Necks Inspire Drone Cameras

What would E.B. White say?

Swans are lean, mean fighting machines.

They are also excellent at flying and keeping a level head as they bob through the air— literally. Scientists at Stanford recently authored a study showing that Whooper Swans manage to keep their heads steady during flight, even as …


Bats also face chemical threats

Photo credit: Brian TomlinsonCave-dwelling bats in North America are fighting an epic battle against the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome, …


Plastic bits have been in 90% of seabird bellies

A new study estimates that 90 percent of individual seabirds alive today have consumed some form of plastic.“This is a huge amount and really points …

Jellyfish with tiny jets can turn on a dime

Colonial jellyfish have an unusual feature: multiple water-shooting jets. This simple but elegant system makes them great swimmers.A single colonial …


Wasp study finds sting in the tail for cancer cells

The venom of the Brazilian wasp Polybia paulista contains a powerful “smart” drug that selectively targets and destroys tumour cells without harming normal cells, a study has shown.

In laboratory tests, the poison has been shown to suppress the growth of prostate and bladder cancer cells, as well as …


Scientists show off their most adorable subjects with #CuteOff - The Washington Post

Scientists on Twitter have really been killing it with their hashtags lately. #FieldworkFail revealed the hilarious mishaps that scientists encounter when they leave the lab and study animals in the wild, and #JunkOff introduced the Internet to the weird and wonderful world of animal genitalia.

Some …

Life Sciences

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A 6-foot-long 'sea scorpion' swam and scuttled in ancient seas

Scientists have found evidence of a giant scorpion-like animal that roamed the seas hundreds of millions of years before the dinosaurs.

The research team named the newly discovered creature Pentecopterus decorahenis because it looks like early Greek warships known as penteconters. "Decorahenis" is a …


5 Videos: Wildlife Caught on Utah Camera Traps

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has 30 camera traps set up in the High Uintas Wilderness this summer, and we’ve captured some amazing footage of bears, moose, bobcat, marten and others living in this beautiful corner of northeastern Utah.

Our volunteer teams of backpacker and trail …


Damn, Mother Nature: Timelapse Of Monarch Caterpillar Turning Into A Butterfly

I can't even begin to understand how the hell a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, but I guarantee it involves magic. Don't they like, turn into …


Disappearing sea ice forces thousands of walruses to haul out on the coast of Alaska

UPDATED: 12:32 p.m. ET on August 28 to reflect information from an interagency press conference.

With the sea ice they depend on for hunting and habitat disappearing at the end of the Arctic melt season, thousands of walruses have once again hauled out onto the northwestern Alaskan shoreline near …


Obama to rename nation's tallest mountain

WASHINGTON — President Obama's three-day trip to Alaska this week will literally change the map of the nation's 49th state.

Mount McKinley — the 20,237-foot mountain and the tallest in North America — has been renamed Denali, as it was originally known by Alaska Natives before it was renamed to …

Mount McKinley

Only the third ever sighting of ultra rare nautilus species

Rare nautilus sighted for the first time in three decades

by James Urton (via the University of Washington)

In early August, biologist Peter Ward …


Comeback of the century: The California sea otter's return from the brink of extinction

Some 50 years ago, California's Monterey Bay was missing a key element that makes its kelp forests function: the sea otter. Now, however, everyone's favorite aquatic weasel has made a comeback, and they're here to regulate the environment.

Starting August 31, PBS and BBC are exploring that …

Sea Otters

Shy Octopus Turns Serious Scientists into Total Softies - Bites @ Animal Planet

"Do we want one more zoom on the dumbo before we take off?"

A resounding YES from all the scientists followed. Then the adoration began. The voices of …