Dropping the Bomb on Poaching

Radiocarbon dating of elephant tusks can help identify illegal ivory. 

Does this Fat Make Me Look Hot?

Cold-blooded male lampreys produce heat in response to sexually mature females.

Planetary Persistence

The formation of Earth-sized planets all across the cosmos is more robust than previously thought.

Sound Barriers

Sonar and other ocean noices can disrupt the diving and deep-feeding habits of whales.

Safe and Ultrasound

Some moths have evolved special ears to detect the ultrasonic cries of bats.

Night of the Living Head

Crops stored under alternating light-dark conditions may have pest resistence and health benefits.

Scorched Earth Policy

By clearing out vegetation, wildfires increase the vulnerability of soils to erosion and flooding.

Heated Debate

Global fires may have doomed dinosaurs and much other life after giant meteorite struck Earth 66 million years ago

Missing the Flight

Even at an early evolutionary stage, bird-like dinosaurs occupied different niches in the same ecosystem,

Galactic Beetle

Dung beetles use light from the MIlky Way to find their way

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