Citizen science project identifies species by their calls

A new automated system is helping to monitor the world's biodiversity by recording the sounds of nature and uploading them to the web in real time. Anyone can listen to the tracks, and approved users can help train the software to automatically identify species in the recordings. Researchers hope to eventually… » 7/17/13 12:40pm 7/17/13 12:40pm

Some dinosaurs may have been in trouble even without the asteroid

Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid six miles in diameter cannoned into Earth. The collision triggered the catastrophic downfall of a vast and thriving dinosaurian ecosystem, ultimately ending with their extinction. Only that's not what happened. Not at all exactly. (Cue Sam Neill's voice.) » 5/02/12 9:55am 5/02/12 9:55am

A Marvelous Introduction to the Largest Plant Collection on Earth

For over a decade, the Millenium Seed Bank Partnership has been working in collaboration with scientists from around the world to establish an insurance policy against the extinction of Earth's plant species. By 2020, the project hopes to have safely stored 25% of the world's plant diversity in massive, … » 3/28/12 2:53pm 3/28/12 2:53pm

Africa's Western black rhino has been declared extinct

In 2006, researchers undertook an extensive search for Western black rhinos in Cameroon, the place where the species was last sighted. No rhinos were found. Researchers failed to turn up any evidence of their dung, tracks, or signs of feeding. Had the rare subspecies of black rhinoceros gone the way of the dodo?… » 11/11/11 7:40am 11/11/11 7:40am