North Atlantic right whales are living the plot of a science fiction story: They are not having any babies. With the end of the winter calving season just around the corner, so far zero newborns have been spotted. With fewer than 450 of the whales remaining, and around 100 breeding females, this reproductive drought…
While many of us envisioned the world going out in a wicked blaze of glory, sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the way things will go. Instead, we have to settle for Ted Cruz, the other horsemen of the apocalypse, and this massive beast that just washed up on the shore of Indonesia’s Maluku province.
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to see the world as a lizzard or a bumble bee or some other animal, you’re in luck: a new peice of open access software allows you to see how other creatures see the world.
If you needed any more reasons to sign up for Firefly Watch, check out the stunning time lapse video of male firefly courtship displays filmed in the Great Smoky Mountains last year, now up at the New York Times as part of their Summer of Science.
How will new superhero show The Flash stack up against Arrow? Plus, a new docuseries follows a small town making a zombie movie that could air on Syfy—if they finish it in time. American Horror Story: Freak Show debuts, and Supernatural, The Originals, and The Walking Dead return!
"Just described 'microjewel' snail in extinction danger," announces NewScientist. Every time I see a headline like that and I look a the picture, it really makes me sad. Just admire that beautiful, delicate little beast. Which secrets will this soon-to-be-gone species take away with it?
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige puts to rest casting rumors for Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy and also hints at the new Marvel characters getting movies. And there are new images from Sleepy Hollow, Being Human, and American Horror Story. Spoilers now!
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…
You know what's great about cheap, shitty beer? The cheap part. The end. Sure, it's fun to be nostalgic about the first beer you ever drank or whatever, but if someone leaves a bunch of crappy beer in my fridge, I just want to use some kind of magic spell to turn it into something delicious. Could such a thing be…
This nighttime photo represents some of the world's first ever visual evidence of the spotted deer species found on the island of Negros in the Philippines. Despite its size, the island's unimaginably dense forests have kept it invisible until now.
If you ever drive through Northern France, you'll see a lot of butchers that sell horse meat. You'll also see a lot of glue factories. The two are very definitely linked — but why is it that horses make good glue?
Scientists believe that this is the animal from which everything else evolved. The first multicellular being that spawned every living being in this world through billions of mutations, from fish to amphibians to reptiles to birds to mammals to you.
Actually, Mesodinium chamaeleon is both. This single-celled organism definitely eats other creatures, which makes it an animal. But it also absorbs algae cells that can then give it extra energy through photosynthesis. So what on earth is this strange creature?
The fossil you see here was found in Doushantuo, China, one of the world's richest fossil formations. It looks like grains of sand, but nobody is sure what it actually is, whether it's animal, bacteria, or something even weirder.
About 90% of flowering plants require animals to pollinate them, and that includes about two-thirds of the world's crops. The extinction of pollinating organisms could spell disaster... but the very species that are killing them off could prove excellent substitutes.
The wolf pack seems like the perfect example of how unity can provide strength, of how fierce and often vicious hunters can work together for the common good. Unfortunately, that's a big lie. Turns out many wolves are freeloading bums.
You often read about a dog or a cat saving an owner's life, but you almost never read about a heroic rabbit. That is until now.
Pandas. Zoos want them, other bears want to be them (maybe?). But are they really worth all the trouble? Let's fight about it:
All apologies to your domesticated furball, who I'm sure strikes adorably schizo poses chasing reflected light around your apartment, but come on. They can't measure up against a freaking lioness versus a freaking laser.
Biologically speaking, humans are pretty much just another animal, and it's actually hard to come up with any clear explanation for what sets us apart. But we have a hard time accepting this ... and the reason we're in denial about our animal status may be hardwired into our brains.