Ecology

All the Animals That Love Touchscreens

From wolves to penguins to tortoises, creatures of all stripes are discovering the joys of computing. Could it improve their lives?<p>As an aviculturist …

Animal Behavior

Dancing Gorilla Is a Maniac, Maniac ... at Your Door!

NOBODY PUTS GORILLA IN THE CORNER!!<p>Here's 14-year-old up-and-coming dancer <b>Zola</b> showing off his moves in a kiddie pool at the Dallas Zoo ... which …

Animal Behavior

Invasive Asian carp found in waterway beyond Great Lakes barriers

(Reuters) - A single live Asian carp, a species of invasive fish that has infested the Mississippi River and is seen as a threat to the Great Lakes, has been caught in a waterway beyond a barrier designed to keep them out, state officials said on Friday.<p>The 28-inch (71-cm), eight-pound (3.6-kg) …

Environment

anthropocentrism | philosophy

<b>Anthropocentrism</b><b>,</b> philosophical viewpoint arguing that human beings are the central or most significant entities in the world. This is a basic belief …

Philosophy

Jadav Payeng: One man makes a difference by planting a forest in India

Jadav Payeng has single-handedly been planting hundreds of trees on an Indian island threatened by erosion. He started in 1979 and today he has …

Life Sciences

Explore the Five Biomes of the World

Our planet is an extraordinary mosaic of land, sea, weather, and life forms. No two places are identical in time or space and we live in a complex …

Nature

Sun eruptions hit Earth like a 'sneeze', say scientists

Long-term power cuts, destruction of electronic devices and increased cancer risk for aeroplane passengers are all potential effects of the Earth …

Biology

Seismic Oil Exploration Kills Krill at Far Higher Rate, Study Finds

For the research, which was published in <i>Nature Ecology and Evolution</i>, scientists tested air gun signals in the ocean off Southern Tasmania and found …

Yale

Can a D-O-G learn to S-P-E-L-L?

Everyone knows once a dog gets good and excited there's no going back. That's why Pat Curry tried to outsmart her Australian shepherd, who became …

Animal Behavior

Humans have wrecked global biodiversity. Can we undo it?

Earlier this year, Harvard biologist George Church outlined his plan to produce elephant embryos that contain woolly mammoth genes. The news, big and …

University of Wisconsin

Southeast Is Ground Zero for Genetically Engineered Trees

ArborGen Corporation, a multinational conglomerate and leading supplier of seedlings for commercial forestry applications, has submitted an approval …

Agriculture

Ten species that changed our world

How do you tame wildness? For hundreds of thousands of years our ancestors existed in a world where they depended on wild plants and animals.<p>They …

Life Sciences

The case for protecting half the Earth in its natural condition

E.O. Wilson wants to finish what Carl Linnaeus started 300 years ago: cataloguing and naming all of Earth's species.<p>But we're only 20% of the way …

Life Sciences

Germany's gorgeous Black Forest named UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme gives biosphere reserve status to locations that are great examples of balanced relationships between people …

Lifestyle

Global Change: An Overview | Learn Science at Scitable

We live in a world where humans are having profound impacts on the global environment. Climate is warming, the populations of many species are in …

Climate Change

Invasive species have a massive impact, but wise policy can keep them out

<i>This article is the second in a series The Conversation Africa is running on invasive species</i><p>Invasive alien species harm ecosystems, economies and …

Life Sciences

Researchers identify mammals that are most likely to harbor viruses risky to humans

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the EcoHealth Alliance has narrowed down the list of animal species that may harbor viruses likely to jump to …

Biology

Study demonstrates a better way to store renewable energy

In an effort to find better ways to store renewable energy, physicists at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with a scientist at the …

Renewable Energy

The Lark Descending: are non-native birds undervalued in New Zealand?

New Zealand has an audacious plan to protect its native birds. The country has pledged to rid itself of introduced mammalian predators by 2050 and, …

Life Sciences

Record UK rainfall in winter 2013-14 caused by tropics, stratosphere and climate warming

New research has revealed the causes of the UK's record rainfall and subsequent flooding during the 2013-14 winter.<p>Using carefully tailored …

Climate Change

California named state with the worst air quality (again)

High ozone levels and a quickly growing population are making it tough to implement regulations to reduce pollution, says a Cal State LA …

Pollution

Even ugly animals can win hearts and dollars to save them from extinction

The Earth is home to millions of species, but you wouldn't know it from the media's obsession with only a few dozen animals like tigers and …

Life Sciences

Fears of inter-generational tension between young and old are unfounded, according to a new study

Researchers at the University of Birmingham say that social, economic and demographic factors are generally pushing UK families together, rather than …

Life Sciences

Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire

ESA's Proba-V minisatellite has captured the forest fire raging in central Portugal, revealing blackened scars and columns of smoke as well as …

Life Sciences

Grateful Chimpanzee Doubles Back to Give Jane Goodall a Big Hug After Being Released Into the Wild

In June of 2013, Dr. Jane Goodall and team set out to release a chimpanzee named Wounda back into the wild. Wounda had spent a great deal of time at …

Animal Behavior

Aggression and Fear Can Be Reduced in Specific Dog Breeds

Source: Doug Pieper photo - Creative Content License<p>"Breed-Specific Legislation is not the answer!", was the emphatic exclamation of a colleague of …

Animal Behavior

Artificial Intelligence Gave Some Adoptable Guinea Pigs Very Good Names

AI is good.<p>For better or worse, there is a long list of things that artificial intelligence is still unable to do. But we can finally scratch “naming …

Animal Behavior

Pumas Hate Listening to Political Pundits. But They're Fine With Frogs

Pumas might be the most non-partisan big cats in the world. They’ve run away from everyone from Amy Goodman and Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow and Glenn Beck. And they have good reason. For pumas, humans of every political party are dangerous.<p>For six years, Justine Smith has been working with the …

Animals

New 3-D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality

There is a great deal of excitement around virtual reality (VR) headsets that display a computer-simulated world and augmented reality (AR) glasses …

Augmented Reality

Pollinator extinctions alter structure of ecological networks

The absence of a single dominant bumblebee species from an ecosystem disrupts foraging patterns among a broad range of remaining pollinators in the …

Biology