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

Monkeys Make The Same Bad Gambling Decisions That Humans Do

Humans have a remarkable ability to see patterns where none exist. In the hot-hand phenomenon we perceive streaks of wins or losses where the data, in truth, are random. New research shows that monkeys are subject to the same bias, which might suggest that the bias is evolutionarily adaptive, and maybe even rational. » 7/01/14 10:40am 7/01/14 10:40am

Chimps Are Better at Strategic Reasoning Than Humans Are

Imagine that your boss wants you to work, but you'd rather watch cat videos. Your best strategy is to learn your boss's patterns so that you'll appear hard at work only when she's watching. New research shows that chimpanzees are better than humans at making this kind of Machiavellian deduction. » 6/05/14 3:23pm 6/05/14 3:23pm