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?
In an examination of tree-growth records worldwide dating to 1948, most were shown to need time to recover after drought. Certain parts of California and the Mediterranean fared better. How will this affect the timeline?
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.
Ah, rarity. We like it so. A blue moon won't appear again until 2018, and in wildfire areas it might appear to be red, because the particles thrown into the air by fire affect the color spectrum.
Researchers at a structural biology lab at the University of York talk about how the three most outspoken molecules in a cup of coffee are interacting, contrary to previous theories.
Like humanity, the earth's magnetic pull seems at least partly birthed by Africa.
After studying deep-core sediment and creating maps of the Chesapeake region stretching back millions of years, researchers say that a long-held theory that Washington, D.C. is sinking faster toward the sea than most other coastal U.S. cities, and an existing theory that ice-sheet melt contributed to this--are both true.
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?
In many parts of the world, education is the #1 factor associated with awareness of climate change. But there are regional distinctions, and countries vary in terms of why people do or don't know the word and phenomenon. More here from a global poll done by researchers from Yale, Columbia, Utah State, Princeton, U-Mass-Amherst, and Academica Sinica in Taiwan.
Are the world's deserts holding more carbon than all the plants in the world?
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.