Yunnan, China's Vanishing Paddy Fields

Photographer Samuel Peck recently visited Yunnan, China to capture images of its paddy fields. The region's vast swaths of flooded, arable land are among the largest and most scenic on Earth. When he arrived, however, Peck learned of their rapid disappearance – a vanishing act spurred by aggressive urbanization and a… » 1/07/15 5:00pm 1/07/15 5:00pm

These Might Be The Loneliest Whales in the World

Humpback whales can be found all over the world's oceans, despite the heavy beating they took in the era of industrial whaling. They undertake one of the longest annual migrations feeding at high latitudes and breeding near the equator. But there's one peculiar group of humpbacks who live life a bit differently. » 12/04/14 7:52pm 12/04/14 7:52pm

The Secret That Botanists Are Keeping From The Public

With its small bright green leaves and dangling, pearl-white flowers, Raven's Manzanita is instantly recognizable—except that nobody sees it anymore. Botanists won't disclose the location of the last known wild specimen in California. They've concluded that secrecy is the best way to protect rare species. » 11/06/14 10:20am 11/06/14 10:20am

Researcher Who Found 'Puppy Sized Spider' Received Death Threats

Last month, Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki's wrote a blog post about finding a "puppy-sized" spider in South America. The post went viral. A few days later, Naskrecki was receiving death threats. Why? For collecting one of the specimens he described in his post, and placing it in a museum. » 11/02/14 1:26pm 11/02/14 1:26pm

Meet Afghanistan's Elusive, Endangered "Vampire" Deer

This is a male musk deer, knowing for growing fangs during the breeding season. A recent survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society confirmed that Kashmir musk deer, one of seven related Asian species, still live in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province, some 60 years after its last recorded sighting. » 10/31/14 6:25pm 10/31/14 6:25pm

Our New Batman, Ben Affleck, Fights To Save Real-Life Bats

Bats are a crucial component of healthy ecosystems. They eats massive amounts of insect pests and, like bees, are important pollinators. White-nose syndrome, plus wind farms and habitat degradation, mean they're in trouble. Batman (and Lois Lane) have come to the rescue. » 10/31/14 12:03am 10/31/14 12:03am