Alligator fat can be made into biodiesel (and, yes, they have a lot of fat). Extreme cavers descend into the dark and dangerous depths of Earth's deepest cave. And we tour the original, long-lost SeaWorld that never was. It's time for the week's Landscape Reads!
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…
Archaea are some of the most abundant and least understood, organisms on the planet. These single-celled creatures weren't even properly discovered until the 1970s, and big questions about them remain unanswered, such as whether other organisms ever eat them.
Hidden in the dark caves of southwest China, a fragment of Earth's last Ice Age might well survive. Sadly, there aren't any mammoths hiding out in there, but tiny plants might represent a last link to 30,000 years ago.
In the isolated islands of the Pacific Ocean, a lack of large land mammals created openings for some truly unusual animals to dominate the ecosystem. Land crabs once ruled Hawaii...at least until humans and their pets showed up.
We humans like to think we're pretty great. We have things like the Mona Lisa, and the Large Hadron Collider, and The Kind of Chocolate Sauce That Turns Solid When You Put It On Ice Cream. Still, it turns out that if aliens were to visit planet Earth and kidnap the dominant species, they'd go for bacteria over us any…