What Happens To Wildlife After A Tsunami?

After a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Chile yesterday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. While it's still too early to know how the wildlife along that stretch of Pacific coastline fared - let alone how our own species fared - we can look to previous… » 4/02/14 11:31am 4/02/14 11:31am

Invasive 'crazy ants' are nastier and far tougher than we imagined

There's an arms race going on right now between two species of invading ants, the tawny crazy ant and the fire ant. These arch-rivals are currently warring for dominance in the southern U.S., but it now appears the crazies are going to win — the result of a remarkable chemical defensive measure. » 2/13/14 11:20am 2/13/14 11:20am

The world is losing its large predators -- and that's a big problem

On the same day we learn that lions are all but extinct in West Africa, a new study points to the devastating ecological and environmental impacts of losing large carnivores across the globe. » 1/09/14 4:00pm 1/09/14 4:00pm

How smoker's breath saved this caterpillar's life

Meet the tobacco hornworm, a caterpillar that regularly eats tobacco leaves loaded with nicotine. Research now shows this little bugger has a strange and unique defense against hungry spiders: It "puffs out" nicotine, creating a kind of toxic bad breath. » 12/30/13 1:20pm 12/30/13 1:20pm

Birds offer insight into the evolution of extended families

Humans often rear their children with help from family and friends. But why would such a strategy evolve? What could we possibly get out of rearing somebody else's child? Now, scientists believe that they've unraveled this mystery — at least when it comes to birds. In some species, birds temporarily forgo having chicks … » 12/20/13 3:12pm 12/20/13 3:12pm

Luminous time-lapse celebrates death and life in a record-cold winter

Paul Klaver's simply titled film Winter mixes time-lapse and real-time footage to evoke the chill of one of the coldest recorded winters Holland has ever seen. Sit back, turn up your speakers, and meditate on the beauty of ice forming, sunlight dancing over the snow, and even the bodies of creatures who didn't survive … » 12/15/13 4:00pm 12/15/13 4:00pm

If you want to discourage fruit flies, hide your oranges

It seems like fruit flies will target any fruit that's lying around in your kitchen. But when given the choice, these annoying pests actually prefer citrus like oranges, limes, and lemons. And there's a good reason for it, too. » 12/05/13 11:29am 12/05/13 11:29am

Why did this invasive species suddenly take over Maine's coastline?

This scary looking beastie is the European Green Crab. It's not native to Maine, but they started coming over attached to the hulls of wooden trading ships a hundred years ago. But it's only just in the last two years that there's been a massive spike in the crabs' population, devastating the local clam-fishers. » 12/03/13 5:31pm 12/03/13 5:31pm

12 Real Life Inventions That Science Fiction is Neglecting at its Peril

Science fiction has always commented on the present, and today's present is very science-fictional. All around, we see inventions that could transform the world within a decade or two. So why don't more science fiction writers speculate about them? Here are 12 real-life developments science fiction should be… » 12/03/13 10:38am 12/03/13 10:38am

The Very Best Camera Trap Photography

Don't look too surprised, giant kitty — you're live on candid camera trap! Zoologists and ecologists these days use "camera traps," or motion-activated cameras hidden in natural habitats, to observe wildlife without harming them. The resulting pictures are often heartbreakingly gorgeous, occasionally goofy, and reveal… » 12/02/13 3:27pm 12/02/13 3:27pm

The world's most isolated tree was knocked over by a drunk driver

A lone acacia, known as the Tree of Ténéré, once stood defiantly in northeast Niger. For ages it lived companionless in the vast Sahara desert, the only tree for over 250 miles, until one day, some idiot came along and rammed it with a truck, snapping it in half. » 10/23/13 6:40am 10/23/13 6:40am