The annual bird count in North America, Latin America, and several island nations takes place in December and January. Want to be involved locally in tallying birds for the 116th year and providing data for researchers, biologists and others? It began as a proposal made by an ornithologist on Christmas Day in 1900.
University of Hawaii archaeologists and NOAA recently released images of a U.S. Navy seaplane that was sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941
Several research teams, including those from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Canada's InFORM, and Kelp Watch, have been monitoring radiation levels in the ocean off the U.S. and Canadian west coasts. Higher measurements of radiation were recently found from the Fukushima nuclear accident.
A 13,000 year-old engraving in a schist slab in northeast Spain is likely the first depiction of a human social scene, say researchers in the Basque region.
A couple from Kansas City have dubbed themselves the Switchback Kids for their love of hiking and the outdoors, and recently set out to see all 59 of the national parks in the next year. They challenge each of us to visit at least one of the parks in 2016, for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.
One of the Joshua trees, a relative of the yucca that reaches for the sky and reminded early Mormon settlers of a Biblical story, recently burned at the national park with its name. It was determined as human-caused.
The citizen-science website FossilFinder.org, started by a university and an institute and featuring thousands of images of Kenya's Lake Turkana Basin, is a place where you too can find and help ID ancient bits. Stone tools and hominid info have been found in the basin in the past. Researchers go there in February, to follow up the photo finds.
In Buffalo, a city that knows about inclement weather, a recent study found that people's weather-related Twitter comments could improve existing weather models and make it easier for traffic planners to know what's out there.
A new study from Australian researchers talks about non-bee pollinators that make kiwi, coffee, mangoes, canola and others thrive.
Each humpback whale's fluke, or tail end, is as unique as a human fingerprint. If scientists have IDed a particular whale's tail, they can track that whale throughout the ocean. But in the meantime, some databases have 8,000 or more fluke photos. How to streamline the process of IDing them? Scientists, and a student on his senior project, are working on that.
A new study of tectonic plates and historical evidence of earthquakes in the eastern Mediterranean shows that forceful seismic activity was very plentiful in the past and will likely return.
A recent study by the University of British Columbia notes that only four percent of the world's ocean is within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In 2010, representatives of 200 nations agreed to preserve at least 10 percent of the ocean by 2020.
The 82-foot blue whale skeleton at the University of British Columbia's biodiversity museum was the subject of a 2011 Discovery Channel segment that hinted largely at terrible smells while the whale was being unearthed in eastern Canada. Recently, the skeleton received its first big cleaning.
A recent study by the University of Oxford looked at these seabirds, which sometimes dive deep into waves to grab the same fish dolphins are seeking. Numbering at about 340,000-410,000 pairs worldwide, they're considered a conservation priority.
One writer lines up a long list of scientists, doctors, and exercisers who have sought to learn more about walking and its effects on humans; as well as some pretty inspiring tales of long walks, such as a 3,800-mile series of walks by one doctor in all seasons, to show the power of believing in yourself.