The serenity of nature may be disappearing.
Female elephants are the matriarchs of their social groups. Researchers discovered that when a female elephant is killed by a poacher, their daughter readily steps in to fill her shoes. This suggests the animals have an unwavering resilience to pressure by humans.
Recently, a small herd of bison were released in Colorado. This suggests there is hope for the large buffalo that have been struggling to revive themselves ever since populations plummeted in the 1800s.
In The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) uses his knowledge of botany to successfully grow potatoes and lengthen his food supply while stranded on Mars. While his methods are sound, researchers are curious about whether it could actually be done.