It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it
Joni Niemelä captures the moments within nature often looked over, the extreme details seen best through macro photography and an imaginative eye. One of Niemelä's photographic obsessions is the carnivorous plant Drosera, more commonly known as the "Sundew," a nickname which refer
Africa needs to step up the protection of its tropical forests.
Deforestation is now the second leading cause of global climate change. Debates on this topic often centre on the Amazon, given the high-profile destruction of its forest biodiversity. However, a troubling rise in deforestation in Central Africa – home to the world’s second largest tropical forest – has received surprisingly little attention.
Two-thirds of Africa’s remaining forests are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These forests span 1.7 million km⊃2;, which is equivalent to one-third of Brazil’s Amazon. They also store 22 billion tonnes of carbon, ranking them among the world’s largest remaining carbon reserves."
The waters off Greece’s Santorini are the site of newly discovered opalescent pools forming at 250 meters depth. The interconnected series of meandering, iridescent white pools contain high concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and may hold answers to questions related to deepsea carbon storage as well as provide a means of monitoring the volcano for future eruptions.
These are the first photos of some of the countless treasures found in the extraordinary 298-million-year-old forest discovered under coal mine in Wuda, Inner Mongolia, China. Extraordinary 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered Under Chinese Coal Mine Extraordinary 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered Under Chinese Coal Mine Extraordinary 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discover American and Chinese scientists are flabbergasted after discovering a giant 298-million-year-old… Read more Read more (
The places sharks have to go to avoid humans these days... Scientists have discovered a population of sharks living inside an underwater volcano called Kavachi just off the coast of the Solomon Islands and east of Papua New Guinea in the South...
Business-as-usual carbon emissions would cause global warming that brings serious ocean acidification, death of corals and mangroves, scientists say Time is rapidly running out for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them as the...
LA-based photographer and composer Felix Salazar recently captured some wonderful macro photos of several inhabitants in his salt water aquariums. The shocking variety of color makes the coral look like digital renderings, but Salazar assures me each is a unique photo selected from h
Higher temperatures are melting Greenland ice directly, but also indirectly via increased rainfall Greenland, one of the largest ice sheets in the world, is melting. In fact, it is melting ahead of schedule as the world warms.
In the late 1670s, the Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek looked through a microscope at a drop of water and found a whole world. It was tiny; it was squirmy; it was full of weird body types; and it lived, invisibly, all around us.
Looking for some new foods to try? Tired of the same old vegetable rack at your grocery store? Are pineapples passe? If this describes your state of mind, then prepare to get exotic with these outlandish fruits and vegetables from around the globe!
From yardlongs, which grow so fast that you can almost watch them get bigger, to durian, which smells like dirty gym socks but tastes like creamy almond custard, these are the wildest, weirdest foods in the natural world.
It's been known for a while that sounds can affect the way plants germinate, and the expression of some of their genes, says Appel. "But just why plants were sensitive to airborne sound was a mystery".
Self-preservation is as good an evolutionary strategy as you get, so the pair set out to test whether plants were able to respond to the miniscule vibrations caused by having their leaves chewed.
With the help of a laser and some reflective tape, Cocroft -- an expert in bioacoustics -- recorded the vibrations made by a caterpillar chewing on leaves of a mustard plant, and then played the soundtrack to other plants of the same type. Control plants were played two hours of silence, in a kind of botanical John Cage tribute.
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