Fossil Rock Anthem

Dancing paleontologists, colourful graphics, and unashamed catchiness make Fossil Rock Anthem one of my favourite scientific parody songs. Even better, it's educational effectiveness is backed by research into the developing field of using music to engage students in learning science. » 4/15/14 1:10pm Tuesday 1:10pm

Did Microbes Cause The Earth's Most Devastating Mass Extinction?

A little over 250 million years ago, our planet experienced a mass extinction the likes of which have never been seen before or since. About 90% of all species were suddenly wiped out. And new study suggests it wasn't caused by an asteroid or super-volcano — but rather methane-spewing microbes. » 3/31/14 12:00pm 3/31/14 12:00pm

Dinosaur DNA cannot be extracted from amber

Well, it looks like we may never have our own Jurassic Park. Scientists at the University of Manchester failed to pull DNA samples from insects trapped in 10,600 year-old amber, leading them to conclude that the chances of extracting intact DNA from samples millions of years older is likely impossible. » 9/13/13 4:05pm 9/13/13 4:05pm

If bees go extinct, this is what your supermarket will look like

Over the past decade, bee populations have been dropping, partly as a result of a disease called colony collapse disorder. This is very bad news for humans, because bees are a crucial part of the reproductive cycle of many of our favorite foods, including apples, onions, avocados, and more. This incredible data… » 6/15/13 2:10pm 6/15/13 2:10pm

Three "gorgeously ugly" fish looking for mate before they go extinct

The Mangarahara cichlid is a fish native to the rivers of Madagascar — or, at least, it was. It's thought that the fish has gone extinct in the wild, and the only three survivors are in a pair of European zoos. But these three fish are all male, old, ugly... and liable to kill any fish that tries to breed with them. » 5/12/13 2:00pm 5/12/13 2:00pm

What Happened to All the Birds in the Most Recently Colonized Regions…

The numerous islands scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean comprise the last habitable region of Earth that humans colonized. Beginning about 3500 years ago, people settled the eastern islands, such as the Samoan islands, Fiji and the Marianas. By 700 years ago they made their way to the more remote locations of… » 3/25/13 4:00pm 3/25/13 4:00pm

For the first time, scientists have grown the embryos of an extinct…

Just a few days ago, we were asking if de-extinction was possible, and today, we're a huge step closer to bringing recently extinct species back to life. Researchers have announced that they've grown early-stage embryos of the gastric-brooding frog, a species that has been extinct since 1983. » 3/16/13 7:30am 3/16/13 7:30am

It‘s the Cartoon Apocalypse, and No Quality Animated Series Shall…

So you know how I was a wanderer who took shelter in an abandoned mail truck, put on the deceased driver's uniform, and now I deliver mail to the ragtag settlements of post-apocalyptic America? Well, I had a buddy who did the same thing, except he ended up in a fire truck. Things were going great until there was an… » 1/30/13 8:00am 1/30/13 8:00am

Maps of Earth Showing Where Severe Weather is Most Likely to Kill

This map shows where cyclones are most likely to hit, given current shifts in climate. And now a group of researchers are saying that it also shows where land mammals are most likely to go extinct as weather conditions worsen. Led by Zoological Society of London researcher Eric Ameca y Juárez, the group analyzed 5,760… » 12/13/12 10:30am 12/13/12 10:30am

Five reasons why climate change doesn't lead to extinction — at least,…

There is a lot of evidence that climate change leads to extinctions. Over the past century, humans have witnessed changes in climate that correlate with species dying out. And geologists have known for quite some time that the Earth's biggest extinction events — where over 75 percent of species die out in "mass… » 10/18/12 4:31pm 10/18/12 4:31pm