Here's some unsettling news: new chimpanzee and neuroscience research is reinforcing the theory that our personalities are, in no small way, dictated by the structures of our brains. That is to say, we may choose how we act, but nature (not nurture) is deciding who we are in the most fundamental way.
Around 73,000 years ago, the towering predecessor of the Fogo volcano - one of the most active in the world - collapsed. As a result, a unbelievably massive tsunami rippled across the Atlantic Ocean, washing its destructive force over islands that now boast over 250,000 human residents. Experts now wonder if such a disaster is more common than we'd like.
Tiny shorebirds that fly yearly from one end of the earth to the other, twice, are profiled in a recent book. Their fates are closely entwined with that of the ancient and funny-looking horseshoe crab, which is in turn linked with human health.
Most health experts agree: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for human health. However, what they may not know is that these same acids are also vital for maintaining a healthy ocean. Now new research has revealed that climate change may be gradually taking these essential acids away.
As some areas of the country receive needed rain, amphibians and turtles head out happily into the new moisture.
Dinosaur extinction was caused by an asteroid impact 66 million years ago that also triggered a series of volcanic eruptions, say researchers from the University of California Berkeley.
Western prairie fringed orchids in North Dakota are being threatened by invasive hawk moths and bumble bees who have been stealing nectar from these victim plants without pollinating them. Understanding this "nectar larceny" could help researchers better conserve rare plant populations.
A blue whale and a few sperm whales were both seen recently by a whale-watch tour near Bar Harbor, Maine. Only six sperm whales have been seen by the operation in 33 years.
Fragmented habitat and the fear of humans are the threats against the Massasauga rattlesnake, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act.
A contagious cancer known as devil facial tumor disease nearly wiped out Tasmanian devils over the last twenty years. After being treated with a new vaccine, 20 captive-bred devils were recently returned to the wild in hopes that their population and diversity will rebound.
University of Iowa researchers found in a study of their power plant that burning coal with oat hulls reduced CO2 by a high percentage and lowered particulate emissions.
In 1609, when Henry Hudson arrived on the island of Manhattan, black bear, wolves, deer, beavers and river otters likely all lived there. One conservation ecologist thinks that and more is useful for planners and visitors to know.
University of Kansas researchers recently published findings on 50 million-year-old rocks and their microbial remnants in a river formation that runs through Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. They say that for Mars, their study reveals some new clues to seek out.
Every year, monarch butterflies migrate south or west to escape cold northern climates. To better understand this annual migration, reseachers from Washington State University have been breeding and releasing butterflies that are labeled with identification stickers.