Biodiversity

To understand climate change, look at it from a mussel's perspective

The phrase “climate change” triggers images of a huge, global phenomenon. Rising seas. Drought. Ocean acidification.<p>But it's actually experienced on a much smaller scale, by individual plants, animals and people.<p>And most of the world’s organisms experience it much differently than humans do.<p>“As …

Climate Change

It’s Time to Let Certain Animals Go Extinct

The Hawaiian monk seal is a loveable creature. The 600-pound warm-water mammal spends most of its time flopping in the shore break, roughhousing with mates, and lazing about in the sun. Blogs like MonkSealMania are repositories of photos of the endangered animals sleeping in improbable positions. …

Endangered Species

Penguins may be about to go extinct

Penguins and other species are facing extinction as the fish they feed on are harvested to make fishmeal to feed farmed salmon, chickens, pigs and …

Life Sciences

10 emperor penguin facts for World Penguin Day – in pictures

Emperor penguins are perfectly adapted to survive harsh Antarctic conditions but their habitat is threatened due to climate change. To celebrate World Penguin Day, the WWF has chosen its top 10 emperor penguin facts

Life Sciences

Newswire: New species of ant named after Radiohead, ennui ensues

In news that almost certainly made Thom Yorke sit back from his 19th-century novel, look up at the ceiling, and sigh at the ironic existential situation that is contemporary life, some biologists have decided to honor his band with the ultimate tribute: naming an insect after the group. As <i>Pitchfork</i> …

Life Sciences

'Whale cams' capture massive mammals' mysterious daily habits

Whales' social lives have largely remained a mystery to scientists, until now.<p>Researchers have gained a whale's-eye view of the marine mammals' lives in Antarctica, thanks to a research project that placed noninvasive digital tags — containing sensors and a camera — on minke and humpback whales.<p>The …

Mammals

Threatened road verges keep rare wildflowers from extinction, says charity

Long disregarded as insignificant, roadside verges are helping some of the rarest wildflowers in the UK survive, according to a new study by conservation charity Plantlife. But these verges are also under threat.<p>Mostly glimpsed flashing by in wing mirrors, road verges don't usually garner much …

Ecosystems

Stonyfield Wants To Save Penguins

Stonyfield is celebrating World Penguin Day on April 25 with the "Save Animals. With Cows" campaign developed in support of the organic yogurt …

Advertising Industry

Brrrd count: Penguin population in Antarctica is 12 million, report says

If you've ever wondered how many penguins there are in Antarctica, now we know: There are 12 million of the famed flightless waddling birds down there.<p>In the most comprehensive survey of Antarctic penguins ever, researchers have for the first time calculated the number of each of the five species …

Life Sciences

World Penguin Day 2017: 24 photos to celebrate the flightless sea bird

World Penguin Day is celebrated on 25 April every year, coinciding with the time of the birds annual northward migration. Penguins are one of roughly …

Life Sciences

Newly discovered species of ants named in honor of Radiohead

Radiohead’s influential music inspires fans across the globe, crossing all sorts of demographics and ages. It seems their reach even stretches to the …

Biological Species

Synthetic life and biodiversity

<i>Written by Dr Chris Gyngell</i><p>Last year, the first truly novel synthetic life form was created. The <i>Minimal Cell</i> created by the Venter Lab, contains the …

Biology

New Studies Show Bird Watching Is Good For Your Brain

Watching birds can lower stress and boost mental health. Here’s how to tap into bird watching’s health benefits.<p>Many scientific studies have shown …

Gardening

World Penguin Day 2017: 11 penguin species facing extinction

<b>Today is World Penguin Day 2017 – a day dedicated to the flightless aquatic bird.</b><p>While some species of penguin flourish, others are dwindling in …

Life Sciences

Killer Cats Bash Biodiversity

Steve Mirsky<p>Steve Mirsky has been writing the Anti Gravity column since a typical tectonic plate was about 36 inches from its current location. He …

Science

Turkey farm plan for 20,000 birds in Llay, Wrexham

<b>Plans for a turkey farm rearing 20,000 birds and a separate application for 15,700 birds to double barn egg production are being considered by Wrexham councillors on Tuesday.</b><p>Aviagen Turkeys' planned facility at Rackery Lane, Llay, has attracted some local concerns about noise and smells.<p>Meanwhile, …

Farming

Extinct Toothy Carnivore Named After Egyptian God of the Underworld

Scientists have identified a new species of small, toothy mammal that once ruled the food chain in Africa almost 40 million years ago.<p>Researchers …

Life Sciences

World Penguin Day 2017: The 5 most endangered species

Climate change is the major reason behind falling populations of these flightless birds.<p>World Penguin Day is celebrated each year on 25 April to shed …

Life Sciences

It is World Penguin Day – and they need our help

<b>Today is World Penguin Day, and that obviously calls for pictures of those cute little birds in tuxedos.</b><p>But scientists warned that we need to do more …

Life Sciences

Can we eat our way out of the lionfish invasion? (+video)

Yes, say chefs and conservationists. But only if traps or robots can bring in more lionfish from depths divers can't reach.<p>April 25, 2017 —Rick …

Fish

Drunk Crayfish Study Explains Why People Get More Lit at Parties

Scientists aren’t sure why alcohol turns some people gregarious and others violent, but some think that the key to solving this mystery is to get a …

Alcohol

New Zealand's Dirty Little Secret

<b>*Co-authored with Bill Benfield, author and resident of the North Island of New Zealand</b><p>New Zealand’s image to the world is one of unspoiled paradise. Stunning mountain peaks, crystal clear rivers, unspoiled national parks, and a brilliant “100% Pure” advertising campaign attracts travelers from …

Ecosystems

150-Foot-Tall Iceberg Floats Off the Coast of a Tiny Canadian Town

In a scene that looks like something out of a movie, a giant iceberg has set sail and made its way down the coast of a tiny town in Canada. On April 19, residents and visitors to Ferryland, Newfoundland witnessed the glacier drifting along its eastern shore. While it’s hard to know for sure, the …

Scuba Diving

What if planet Earth treated us humans the way we treat it?

It doesn’t make for a pretty sight.<p>What if someone were to spill black oil all over you and say, “Oops, did I spill oil on you? Suck it up.” Or find …

Big History

New species discovered in Meghalaya cave: Blind albino crab found in India

India’s eighth longest cave in Meghalaya has revealed one of its closely guarded secrets. Researchers have stumbled up an almost blind, albino crab …

Life Sciences

Can We Name Earth's Species Before They Go Extinct?

Some people despair that most species will go extinct before they are discovered. However, such worries result from overestimates of how many species …

Life Sciences

25 places you should visit before they disappear forever

Earth is home to incredibly beautiful natural sites. But because of climate change and human carelessness, some of them are in danger of disappearing …

Great Wall of China

Naked Mole-Rats Can Survive For 18 Minutes Without Oxygen

Naked mole-rats are odd little mammals: their exposed skin is wrinkly, their blood is cold and they have a predilection for eating poop. A new study …

Oxygen

Centipede Physiology

Power to <b>use the abilities of centipedes</b>. Variation of Animal Imitation and Animal Morphing.<p>Also Called<p>Centipede Mimicry<br>• Chilopoda …

Life Sciences

Study: Whale and boat collisions may be more common

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought.<p>The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body of water off of Massachusetts, New Hampshire …

Whales