Biological Species

Top 10 new species list honours 'Game of Thrones'

The top 10 new species discovered in 2016 are in and they honour Harry Potter and "Game of Thrones."<p>The Sorting Hat of spiders<p>King of the river

Life Sciences

6 Awesome Animal Behavior Photos From Our 2016 Underwater Photo Contest

Judging the "Through Your Lens" photo contest is always an exciting time of year at <i>Scuba Diving</i> magazine, but it can also be very tough. Each year …

Animal Behavior

How Demands of Female Birds Changed the DNA of a Species

Darwin’s finches, those little birds in the Galápagos with beaks of different sizes and shapes, were instrumental in the development of the theory of evolution.<p>Similar birds had large and small beaks and beaks in between, all related to what kinds of insects and seeds they ate. From one ancestor, …

Zoology

Boas create a snake curtain in rare coordinated hunt

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares: a string of boa constrictors hanging from the mouth of a cave snatching bats out of midair as they leave and …

Animals

Rare white spotted dolphin ‘Patches’ seen in pod of California coast

<i>(Video courtesy of Robin Lowe)</i><p>DANA POINT — A piebald dolphin called “Patches” is back off the coast of Orange County again.<p>The black and white …

Life Sciences

Go behind the scenes with Museum scientists and a master taxidermist as they preserve the giant tortoise who was the last of his kind

Go behind the scenes with Museum scientists and a master taxidermist as they preserve the giant tortoise who was the last of his kind.

Parasitic Robot Steers Live Turtle With Tasty Snacks

It’s going to be a long, long time before we have amphibious robots that are anywhere near as capable as the mighty and majestic turtle. While many …

Robotics

Friends help female vampire bats cope with loss

Vampire bats hedge bets when deciding between quality and quantity of social bonds<p>Female vampire bats form strong social bonds with their mothers and …

Life Sciences

Conservationists Could Be Saving More Biodiversity in Less Space

The Cuban solenodon, a nocturnal, football-sized mammal that resembles a chunky shrew, has an abundance of peculiar qualities. It has a long cartilaginous snout and venomous saliva, which it uses to catch and kill insects and worms. It has terrible eyesight and may be capable of echolocation. The …

Ecology

10 most exquisite new species for 2017

<b>From brilliant pink lady katydids to devil-faced orchids, this year's list of new-to-science wonders proves Mother Nature is full of surprises.</b><p>Each …

Nature

Narwhals Use Tusks to Stun Prey, Drone Footage Reveals

Narwhals are sometimes known as the "unicorns" of the ocean because of the long "tusks" that protrude from the animals' heads, but scientists have …

Animal Behavior

Larval fish are the freakiest baby animals on the planet

Fish are weird, beautiful, alien things.<p>They move through Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, displaying an astonishing range of colorations, forms, and lifestyles.<p>They also share some striking similarities to Pokemon. Hear me out — just about every fish starts off looking almost nothing like it …

Life Sciences

The Desperate Gambit That Could Save A Tiny Porpoise From Extinction ... Or Kill It

The critically endangered vaquita could be gone by 2018.<p>In 2016, scientists made a distressing announcement: There were fewer than 30 vaquitas ― a tiny porpoise that dwells in Mexico’s Gulf of California ― left in the wild. With carcasses continuing to wash up, researchers worry the vaquita could …

Life Sciences

A Taste for Poison in Warmer Climates?

<b>Q. Why does venom seem to be more favored as a defense by animals in warmer latitudes?</b><p><b>A.</b> “It is not entirely clear that the premise of the question is true,” said Mark E. Siddall, a curator in the division of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. For example, “spiders are …

American Museum of Natural History

1Frame4Nature | Baby Giants in the Deep Blue

<i>What YOU Can Do:</i><p>Eat sustainable seafood. Look for special terms like “line caught”, “diver caught”, “sustainably caught” or “sustainably harvested.<br>• Stop using straws. About 500 million disposable straws are used each day in USA and plastic straws aren’t accepted for recycling. Straws are the number …

Oceans

Visitor releases boa constrictor in Congaree National Park in Richland County, South Carolina, officials said c

A visitor who thought boa constrictors were a native snake species in South Carolina released one in a Midlands park, according to officials.<p>Congaree …

National Parks

World's rarest marine species vaquita porpoise may be extinct in a year, reveals report

<b>New York:</b> With an estimated 30 or fewer individuals remaining, vaquita porpoise — the world's most endangered marine mammal — may go extinct by 2018 …

Life Sciences

14 Ocean Animals That Look Like Something Straight Out Of Your Nightmares

Damn nature, you scary.<p>Posted on May 20, 2017, 18:31 GMT<p>1. Barreleye Fish<p>Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) / Via youtube.com<p><b>Most aesthetically shocking feature:</b> Maybe it's their upward pointing eyes or perhaps THE FACT THAT THEIR HEADS ARE SEE THROUGH.<p>2. Gulper Eel<p>Indoona / Via …

Oceans

Earth - Why humans, chimpanzees and rats enjoy being tickled

<b>"</b>Tickle is one of the broadest and deepest subjects in science."<p>So says Robert Provine, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. His career has included exploration of various "curious behaviours", including hiccupping, yawning and farting, so why does this one stand out?<p>In short, …

Animal Behavior

What Extinction – and Near Extinction – Looks Like Today

Since 1620, when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, an estimated 500 species and subspecies of plants and animals have gone extinct in the United …

Endangered Species

23 California Salmon Species Likely to Go Extinct Within 100 Years

California's plethora of salmon and trout species are dwindling at a rapid rate . A new study found that of the 31 genetically distinct kinds of …

Fish

The beautiful, complicated relationship between a fish and a coral

Coral reefs are very complex communities with lots of organisms interacting with one another for mutual benefit (and often survival) - a relationship …

Fish

AMU scientist discovers a rare new cave-dwelling crab species in Meghalaya

Meghalaya boasts some of the world’s longest natural caves, which are treasure troves of information on climate and wildlife.<p>A young scientist has …

Life Sciences

Rare Ants Rediscovered That Grow Fungus With Insect Poo

No queen of the ant species had been seen since 1887; now many colonies have been collected.

Insects

Elfin mountain toad discovered in misty, mossy elfin forest

<b>The newly discovered horned mountain toad found in Southern Vietnam's elfin forest is the smallest of its species – and is already considered</b> …

Sustainability

Deciding whether to bring back extinct species

When applied to de-extinction projects, decision science lets researchers:<p>compare different possible outcomes of de-extinction approaches<br>• better …

Ecology

Slippery little stowaway becomes major farming menace

Slimy invaders from afar have long been a staple of science fiction, thrilling and chilling audiences. Slimy invaders as a fact of farming life are …

Life Sciences

This Snake’s Venomous Powers Morph as It Grows Up

Our relationship to food changes as we age. Our metabolisms slow. We start carrying antacids when going out to dinner. Sometimes we’ll even …

Cool Stuff

National Park Rangers Are Helping These 10 Animals and Plants Survive

National parks offer some of the last suitable habitats for a number of species and are home to creatures that exist nowhere else in the world. This …

National Parks

Jeremy the lefty snail has now been rejected by two other lefty snails

Scientists found compatible mates for him, but they had sex with each other instead.<p>Jeremy is alone. He doesn’t fit in with the other snails. We mean that literally: his sex organs do not fit with other snails’ sex organs, so he has no one to mate with.<p>Poor little Jeremy’s sexy bits are on the left …

Life Sciences