Scientists Have Solved a Decades-Old Mystery About Polar Bears

Scientists have long wondered whether polar bears are able to enter a physiological state resembling hibernation in response to food shortages, an adaptation some researchers have speculated could protect the species even as their hunting grounds melt away. Today, we have an answer—though it’s not the one we’ve been… »7/16/15 2:58pm7/16/15 2:58pm

Genetic analysis shows that the Yeti was actually a polar bear hybrid

Aw, shucks. Science goin’ off and ruining everything again for cryptozoologists. The latest blow comes from a UK geneticist who says hair samples from an alleged Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, actually came from another — albeit real — creature from the north: an ancient hybrid between polar bears and brown bears. »10/17/13 2:20pm10/17/13 2:20pm

Hey everybody, let's spend the rest of the day watching live HD footage of the largest polar bear gathering in the world, deal? Deal.

It's that time of year again. The time when roughly 1,000 of the world's 20,000 remaining polar bears travel to Churchill, Manitoba (aka "The Polar Bear Capital of the World") to hunt for seals, and we — the Internet — watch. Because it is our duty. Because polar bears are awesome. And because has teamed… »11/12/12 3:13pm11/12/12 3:13pm

Analysis of polar bear DNA shows they’re an ancient species with a tangled history

A scan of polar bear DNA has shown that polar bears came into existence far earlier than previously assumed. Working with fossils alone, scientists had thought that polar bears, after intermingling with brown bears, made their first snowy white appearance anywhere between 60,000 to 600,000 years ago. But a genetic… »7/24/12 4:20pm7/24/12 4:20pm

Watch the largest polar bear gathering in the world live via HD webcam

Every autumn, around 1,000 of the world's estimated 20,000 polar bears make their way to Churchill, Manitoba, a small town situated on the shore of northeastern Canada's Hudson Bay. There, the polar bears wait for the bay to freeze over so that they can hunt for seals and other marine mammals, and accumulate fat… »11/12/11 10:30am11/12/11 10:30am