It’s wonderful to be able to see nature like this, with animals in a habitat that has largely been left untouched. I’ve watched this video multiple times, first to see the animals—elk, pronghorn, etc.—migrate and then again to just appreciate the beauty of Yellowstone.
Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology has brewed up a hypnotizing representation of birds flocking up and down the length of two continents over the course of a year. No more complaining about your commute.
When your town is continually threatened by floods or your village’s fields become too dry to grow crops, there are two options: move on, or stick around and try to make things work. At the Paris climate talks, there’s a swell of opinion to encourage the latter.
For thousands of years, history has been recorded piecemeal, in books, artifacts, buildings and legends. But in the age of molecular biology, a new archive is helping to fill in the gaps: your genetic code.
In the days and weeks before Chinese New Year, some 700 million people—twice the entire population of the U.S.—cram onto trains, buses, planes and boats to go home. This mass migration is the largest annual movement of humans in the world, and now it can be tracked by smartphone.
The European honey buzzard migrates every year from Europe to Africa. This captivating visualization depicts the specific flight paths of two such honey buzzards between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
What percentage of people who live in New York were born there? How did the proportion of Californians born outside the country changed over the 20th century? This series of charts offers a peek into the migration history of each US state.
At first glance, it looks like a nebula seen through the Hubble Telescope. But these expanding patches of flashing, colored light depict migration patterns across the North American continent, spanning a period of 400 years.
Imagine you're a river herring, maybe about a foot long, swimming merrily upstream when you suddenly hit a giant concrete wall. How do you cross it? Engineers are now designing new fishways disguised as broad, rocky pools that help migrating fish make their way through dammed up rivers.
The air is thick with electromagnetic noise these days. AM radio waves, the electromagnetic hum of computers—it's invisible to us, but birds seem to detect them with their internal magnetic compass. A new study finds that electromagnetic noise disorients European robins, raising the intriguing and frightening…
This web may not look much like a map at first glance, but it is. Instead of mapping physical geography, though, this map charts where in the world people are moving to and from, to give us a snapshot look at the worldwide migration patterns over 20 years.
It looks like a cultish gathering of smartphone users, and in many ways it is: this image shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti, holding their phones aloft to snatch cheap phone signal from nearby Somalia.
Though we often think of early humans emerging from Africa, geneticists have learned that a population of humans from western Eurasia made the trek back into Eastern Africa some 3,000 years ago. The discovery shows there was more intermingling between the continents than previously thought.
On highway medians, atop old landfills, in backyards—these are some of the places a monarch butterfly revival could begin. The yearly migration of monarchs from the northern U.S. and Canada to the warmer environs of Mexico was once a spectacular sight, and a now a rare one. Their numbers have dwindled. There's no…
The basic shape of urban growth is easy to spot; we look at the fastest-growing cities, for example, or immigration numbers. But yesterday, Facebook's Data Science team revealed a less obvious pattern: Mass coordinated migration, where a group from the same city moves to another. Who are the winners and losers in this…
Each year, 10 million Americans pack up their lives and move to another part of the country. But where are they going? The University of Wisconsin-Madison has made an awesome interactive map that tracks the net migration to different counties across the U.S.
Millions of Americans move to different counties each year. Tracking who is moving and where they're going can be difficult to quantify and visualize, but these gloriously detailed interactive maps from the University of Wisconsin manage the task with ease.
Migrations occur in every major branch of the animal kingdom, from birds and crustaceans to insects and whales. But some of these journeys are amazing feats of endurance, spanning thousands of miles and deadly terrain without rest. Here's what science can tell us about the most extreme migrations, and how animals…
Everyone, say hello to Migaloo. That's what people call the white humpback whale pictured up top. When he was first spotted back in 1991, Migaloo (which is Aboriginal for "white fella") was the first all-white humpback researchers had ever seen. (And according to his website, he remains the only documented white…