Why Are Killer Whales Suddenly Hunting Humpbacks?

Not for nothing are Orcas called Killer whales, but reports of their hunting the "great" whales (baleen & sperm whales) have been rare, and there is little consensus as to the importance of such predation. But new evidence suggests that Humpback whale calves are a regular snack for the black and white killers. » 12/04/14 1:10am 12/04/14 1:10am

E. O. Wilson's Radical Plan To Save The Planet

Esteemed evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson believes the only way we can avoid a catastrophic mass extinction is to set aside half of the planet in permanently protected areas for the 10 million other species who live on Earth. Wilson calls the concept "Half Earth" — and he says its not as outlandish as it might… » 11/04/14 12:40pm 11/04/14 12:40pm

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

Ancient Egyptian Art Contains The Records of Past Extinctions

Six thousand years ago, the Egyptian wilderness was a very different place. Lions ruled, zebras gathered in large herds, giraffes foraged from tall trees. We know that, in part, thanks to drawings on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Can ancient art help us better understand modern Egyptian wildlife? » 9/09/14 4:22pm 9/09/14 4:22pm

How Whales Will Save The World – If We Let Them

For a thousand years humans systematically hunted whales for their meat, oil, and bone. Some whale populations were reduced by as much as 90%. But now that they're being protected, scientists are realizing the critical role that whales play in balancing marine ecosystems. Here are four ways they keep oceans healthy. » 8/06/14 11:15am 8/06/14 11:15am

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