No, it isn't the End of Days, but we are likely living during what experts will later refer to as one of the largest extinction events in Earth's history - an unexpected addition to prehistory's "Big Five" mass extinctions.
For a fish that takes up to 10 months to develop, researchers have new findings on how this Antarctic creature would fare in warmer water and elevated carbon.
Scientists studying vitellogenin--a protein found in all egg-laying species--including fish, poultry, reptiles, amphibians and other insects--have learned that queen bees naturally innoculate young. They think this opens doors to giving pollinator vaccines.
Half the world's salamanders live in North America, doing their essential job of consuming insects and being an important part of the food chain. Do we want them to go extinct, like the Netherlands' fire salamanders, prey to a fatal fungus that may arrive on imported pets?
All of the bees that died in Portland, Ore. were near linden trees, a type of tree often sprayed to control aphids and the insects' sticky residue.
Fruitflies, the "model organism" for studying biology, have proven to be avoiding the electric charges that exist in their plastic holding cells in labs.
Anyone who has lived in New York can tell you that city life doesn't exactly make you friendly. In fact, you can grow to be downright suspicious of strangers if you live in the wrong neighborhood. Now, a new study has found that the same is true for birds, with urban sparrows proving far more aggressive and unruly, compared to their rural relatives.
June 29 is Global Tiger Day--a recognition of the big cats that began in 2010, after a global summit on the tiger in St. Petersburg, when tiger numbers worldwide were estimated at 3200. With poaching as tigers' biggest threat, and some countries unaware of their tiger numbers, can we solidify numbers soon, considering that three of tigers' nine subspecies are now extinct?
Editorial: While it's not a pit of tar in a Los Angeles park, it may be nearly as good in terms of providing a predator record of the Jurassic period. Paleontologists will continue to study this predator pit in Utah, first explored in 1928. Today they're using new technology, photogammetry.
A postage-stamped size pollinator with silvery blue wings, first found by Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov, the Karner blue is benefiting from habitat restoration and other programs. What's it take to bring back a species?
Protecting African elephants may become easier with intrepid sniffer dogs, recently graduated from a training program in Africa. They're being installed in which cities' ports?
The kiwi bird is a flightless wonder, incredibly iconic and recognizable to even the most ignorant of bird watchers. Now, more than century after it was academically studied for the first time, scientists have successfully sequenced the animal's entire genome, and what they have found brings a whole new level of understanding for why they evolved as uniquely as they did.
Researcher have long known that squids are particularly good at manipulating light - reflecting what sunlight trickles down into the ocean's deeper depths in order to confuse predators, prey, and even to communicate. Now a team of scientists has determined just what kind of mechanisms make squids such masters of light - information that could prove useful even for engineers.
Ok.. so maybe not your dreams specifically, but this one is pretty darn cool. Scientists with Ocean Alliance recently dreamed up a way to take essential samples from whales without the gentle behemoths ever noticing, and Sir Patrick Stewart, of all people, is very excited to see this work come to fruition.