Hydrothermal Vent Mining Is Almost A Thing

Deep sea hydrothermal vents, home to exotic forms of life that exist nowhere else on earth, are very close to being commercially mined for precious and rare-earth metals. This could have profound effects on the isolated ecosystems surrounding the vents, some of which have existed for millennia. » 7/30/14 12:59am 7/30/14 12:59am

We'll Never Be Able To Collect Data This In-Depth On Lemurs Ever Again

Meet Hiddleston. The blue-eyed black lemur was born at the Duke Lemur Center in March 2013. Since then, Duke researchers and students have recorded every detail of his life in their logbooks. Now, the Lemur Center is setting that data free, along with data for 3599 other lemurs that have called North Carolina their… » 7/28/14 3:16pm 7/28/14 3:16pm

How Wildlife Decline Leads to Slavery and Terrorism

The harvest of wild animals each year injects more than $400 billion dollars into the world economy. That harvest provides 15% of the planet's human population with a livelihood. It's the primary source of animal protein for more than a billion of our species. It's also led to piracy, slavery, and terrorism. » 7/25/14 5:44pm 7/25/14 5:44pm

Man With Giant Claw Rescues Bear With Milk Can On Its Head

While this Wisconsin lumberjack's decision to assist the bear with the claw of a timber forwarder, rather than a call to the state's Department of Natural Resources, was probably ill-advised, it appears the procedure went off without a hitch. In other news: I know people always say it, but, good grief, bears are fast. » 7/07/14 7:00am 7/07/14 7:00am

Strap A Go-Pro Onto A Polar Bear And Get The Most Amazing Footage Ever

Filmmaker Adam Ravetch of Arctic Bear Productions likes telling visual stories about polar wildlife. By strapping a Go-Pro camera onto one of a group of four polar bears, he managed to capture some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful footage of these creatures I've ever seen. » 6/24/14 3:07pm 6/24/14 3:07pm