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Antarctic Fossils Reveal the Continent's Lush Past

Antarctica, a land of near-lunar desolation and conditions so bleak few plants or animals dare stay, was once covered with a blanket of lush greenery. The conception of the ice-coated continent as a forested Eden emerged in the early 1900s when Robert Falcon Scott, a British explorer, found plant fossils during an expedition to the South Pole. Show More Summary

Darwin Was Right About Bird Vomit

Charles Darwin was a busy man. When he wasn’t advancing his groundbreaking theory of evolution by natural selection, he could be found carefully analyzing the contents of bird vomit and droppings. No, this wasn't an obscure hobby. He...Show More Summary

Researchers Capture Video of CRISPR Slicing DNA

Forget about the generic stock art that shows scissors cutting chunks of DNA, because researchers have recorded actual video of CRISPR in action. CRISPR is a powerful gene-editing tool that allows researchers to cut and paste snippets of DNA to make targeted changes to a living organism's genome. Show More Summary

Organic Farming Could Feed the World, But...

The United Nations estimates the global population will reach more than 9 billion by 2050, and, by some estimates, agricultural output will have to increase by 50 percent to feed all of those mouths. So is it possible to do it organically? Modern...Show More Summary

Will We Save the Rhino?

A global, decade-long poaching epidemic has conservationists wondering how long the animals will survive.

A New Titleholder For Earliest Wine?

Where are the roots of the earliest wine? Countries in southwestern Asia have long contested who was first to ferment grapes. To date, the oldest widely accepted evidence for viniculture came from the Zagros Mountains of Iran. But now...Show More Summary

The Animal Mummy Business

A museum’s forgotten cache of preserved creatures shines a light on an ancient, possibly unethical, practice.

First Americans: Overland Beringia Route Takes Another Hit

One if by land, two if by sea...if only the debate about how the first humans arrived in the Americas was as easy to sort out as Paul Revere's fabled lantern signal. Maybe it is. A new study from a different field offers indirect support...Show More Summary

Pigeons Sound the Alarm with Whistling Feathers

When the crested pigeon of Australia flees potential foes, it can raise an alarm — not by calling out vocally, but with whistling feathers in its wings. These new findings may be the first proof of an idea Darwin proposed nearly 150Show More Summary

Killer Mosquitoes Will be Released in 20 States

Talk about a killer job. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week approved a bacterium that will be carried by mosquitoes to eradicate their offspring. A Kentucky-based company called MosquitoMate is using the common bacterium Wolbachia...Show More Summary

Jane Goodall, Redux

Jane Goodall has been a flashpoint in science circles. Was her years-long study of chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania real science? Or was it too subjective to have scientific value? The questions arise anew in...Show More Summary

Why Scientists Love These Stunning Spiders

Spiders provide researchers with fascinating new insights—not goosebumps.

Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Genders

Gender isn't really a fungal construct. Where we have two traditionally recognized genders, male and female, some species of fungi can have thousands. It sounds confusing, but it's actually helpful — with so many variations, the fungi can mate with nearly every individual of their species they meet. Show More Summary

Woolly Mammoth Bachelors Skew the Fossil Record

When paleontologists pull woolly mammoth fossils from mud pits, sinkholes, mudflows and other ancient booby traps, odds are it was a male that fell victim to the hazard. This macabre gender bias, researchers say in a new study, serves as a window into the behavioral patterns of these hirsute beasts that died out roughly 10,000 years ago. Show More Summary

Newly Discovered Orangutan Species May Soon Be Extinct

A newly discovered species of orangutan is already teetering on the edge of extinction. The Tapanuli orangutans (Pongo tapanuliensis) have been identified as the most endangered great ape species in the world, consisting of less than 800 individuals. That population size is strikingly different from the two other known species of orangutans. Show More Summary

Did the First Americans Arrive Via A Kelp Highway?

The average person's idea of how — and when — the first people arrived in the Americas needs a serious revision, say researchers: The First Americans arrived significantly earlier and via a different route than most of us learned in school. Show More Summary

Cosmic Rays Uncover New Room in Egypt's Great Pyramid

A large chamber, never-before observed, has been discovered in the Great Pyramid at Giza. The previously unknown space was announced Thursday by an international team of researchers who used cosmic ray detectors to discern the presence of what they call a "big void" inside the pyramid's structure as part of the Scan Pyramids project. Show More Summary

About That Dinosaur Family Tree Rewrite...

Earlier this year, a trio of paleontologists led the charge to rewrite the most fundamental thing we believe about dinosaurs. Their call to action generated controversy and, more importantly, serious academic discussion. Now, a bevyShow More Summary

The Truth About Our Trash

Humans sure have made a mess of things. Here’s a breakdown of all the plastic waste we’ve dumped on our planet.

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