Nature

Biologist Names Moth After Trump to Send Message About Conservation

In a move taken directly from the reality TV star’s playbook, one biologist is using the president-elect’s name to draw attention to his cause. …

Life Sciences

We Finally Know What’s Causing Namibia's Mysterious Fairy Circles

For decades, scientists have struggled to understand the strange circles of barren land that litter the Namib Desert. Called “Fairy Circles,” their …

Science

We Destroyed Their Habitat, So Brazilian Vampire Bats Have Started Drinking Our Blood

The idea that vampire bats attacked humans used to be a myth. Not anymore.<p>Brazilian vampire bats are now feasting on human victims in the night. Historically, these hairy-legged vampire bats don't go anywhere near people, dinner-wise at least. Even more unusual is the fact that their bodies aren't …

Cottonmouths Attack When They're Stressed Out in Life

It’s not bumping into them that makes the snakes angry.<p>Stress can put anyone on edge, and venomous snakes are no exception.<p>New research suggests that habitat loss, climate change, and other human-driven environmental stressors prompt cottonmouths to attack people more often than they otherwise …

Snakes

We Might Finally Know What's Causing Namibia's Super Weird Fairy Circles

All's not well beneath the surface.<p>Whenever something as deliberate and symmetrical as the fairy circles of Namibia crop up in nature, it’s always a …

Science

This Happened When Kristina Makeeva Took a Stroll on the Deepest, Cleanest Lake On Earth

Russian photographer Kristina Makeeva decided to spend three days exploring frozen Lake Baikal, the deepest, oldest, and cleanest lake on Earth. …

Siberia

Cobra fang club: The rising popularity of Kenyan snake farms

<b>When Makau Kioko crouches down to grab an Egyptian cobra the visiting audience always watches on with trepidation.</b><p>If the 53-year-old gets his timing wrong - and he is playing with split seconds - he is going to get bitten by one of Africa's most venomous snakes.<p>Mr Kioko wears protective gloves for …

Snakes

Tiny moth with fancy pompadour to be named after Donald Trump

New species are often named after famous people. This moth has a hairstyle that resembles the famous hairdo of President-elect Trump.<p>January 18, 2017 …

Life Sciences

All over the globe, plants are growing into strange, circular patterns

These crop circle patterns emerge when plants and bugs compete for resources.<p>They look a little like crop circles and a little like artistic …

Gardening

Goldcrest combs the gorse for slim pickings

Wolsingham, Weardale This tiny tweezer-billed bundle of feathers probed each nook and cranny in a forest of green skewers<p>This patch of hawthorn scrub had been laden with scarlet berries until well into December. Then redwing flocks passed through and today its twigs were bare. Apart from a few …

Environmentalism

Wild, Wild Labrador

Abundant wildlife and stunning scenery await those bold enough to brave the rocky fjords and swift currents of a summer in Labrador.<p>A pod of orcas …

Fishing

Dive Into an “Underwater Kaleidoscope” of Unbelievable Beauty

Join National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry in the vibrant waters of Cortes Bank and prepare for a sensory overload. "For me, diving in Cortes Bank is like diving into an underwater kaleidoscope," says Skerry. "It is this fanciful, almost surreal place where green grass sways in a …

Scuba Diving

Police Share Stunning Photo Of A Winter Night's MURDER

...of crows.<p>It’s no surprise that when Portland, Oregon, police posted a photo of a murder, it went viral ― even if it was a murder of crows.<p>But really, what would you prefer to look at? Some grisly photo of a homicide, or this gorgeous shot of a murder of crows (that’s the traditional term for a …

Expect more wasp plagues as climate change brings warmer springs

Climate change is already proving to be good news for wasps, as milder spring weather gives a boost to their populations in the UK and New Zealand, …

Environmentalism

Finally, an explanation of strange African 'fairy circles'?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The forces behind the mysterious "fairy circles" that dot a desert in southern Africa do not appear to be supernatural, but they are intricate and complex.<p>The formations are circles of land dozens of feet wide that create a stunning pattern in the Namib desert and have mystified …

Science

Why Birds Love Mobs - Facts So Romantic

When I tell Katie Sieving, an avian wildlife ecologist at the University of Florida, that it’s probably a stretch to call “mobbing” an act of …

University of Florida

A new study explains the origin of mysterious "fairy circles" in the desert

These mystical rings may be created by termites<p>If you were wandering through the Namib Desert and found vast stretches of grassland pock-marked by bare circles, you might think something supernatural was at play. Just like you might think rocks that seem to move on their own are driven by a power …

Science

Bodyguards for swans as Cornish town funds security to protect nests during festival

Swans are set to be given bodyguards during a town's festival amid fears their nests will be damaged.<p>Locals have launched a £300 fundraising campaign to cover the cost of employing two security personnel during Flora Day, so the birds' eggs can be protected.<p>There are fears that during the Cornish …

Outdoors

Strange Fishes From the Deep — Demon Fish and More

Sport Fishing readers try to stump the Fish Facts experts with strange catches.<p>Question:<p>We caught two of these fish in the Seychelles while fishing …

Sport Fishing

Lost dolphins spotted heading towards Milton Keynes

<b>You might expect to see the occasional dolphin living by the sea – but not 15 miles in land and just metres from your back garden .</b><p>Dolphins are …

Buckinghamshire

Dolphins are mysteriously washing up on Cornish beaches in very high numbers

Marine experts are investigating after the number of dolphins being washed up on the Cornish coast increased six-fold in a year.<p>In the two-week …

Environmentalism

A Moth Has Been Named After Donald Trump Because, Well Just Look At It

Turn your lights off people.<p>We were all unsure about how Donald Trump’s presidency was going to impact the future of our planet, and now it seems he is making environmental waves before even stepping foot in the White House.<p>The animal kingdom has already paid its very own special tribute to the …

Donald Trump

Scientists Identify the Creators of Namibia’s ‘Fairy Circles’

There’s a lot to explore on this planet. For instance, fairy rings, which are weird bald spots that appear in African grasslands. On this front, a …

Cool Stuff

Why are roly polies also called wood shrimp?

These little bugs aren't bugs at all; they're the land-based cousins of lobsters and shrimp.<p>If you grew up thinking these cute little bugs were some …

Lifestyle

Moth with 'golden flake hairstyle' named after Donald Trump

<b>A tiny moth with a very recognisable "hairstyle" has become the first creature named after the soon-to-be 45th president of the United States.</b><p>The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi was discovered in California by researcher Vazrick Nazari, of Ottawa, Canada.<p>The name was inspired by the striking golden flakes …

U.S. Presidency

Giant Gator Draws Crowds and Raises Safety Concerns

Crowds of visitors have been flocking to Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland, Florida, in the hopes of spotting "Humpback," a massive alligator that …

American South

Can Humans Ever Harness the Power of Hibernation?

During the winter, time slows down. You may find yourself curling up with your Netflix for hours, sleeping for half the day, or staying indoors for …

Science

The Mystery of African Desert 'Fairy Circles' Might Have Just Been Solved

If you fly over the Namibian desert, on the west coast of southern Africa, you will see one of nature's great mysteries. Vast expanses of the …

Science

Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutiny

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Life Sciences

Amazing Photo Captures Thousands of Birds on Snowy Treetops

Snow covered trees are always eye catching, but CSI Walker Berg of the Portland Police Bureau was in for an exceptional view when he glanced out his window. Thousands of black starlings had congregated on the tree tops, creating a surreal scene that looks a bit like sesame rice.<p>Fortunately for us, …

Oregon