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[HTML1] This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano—close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for drone maker DJI, […]
Ah, the thrill of the hunt. The trusty hounds at your side, howling and panting and dragging you toward your quarry: a lumbering beaver not accustomed to moving on land. You close in. You raise your spear. The beaver suddenly stops, looks over its shoulder at you, and lifts a back leg. It bears its teeth, […]
An individual who flew to the U.S. from Liberia earlier this month has been diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today. The case marks the first time the disease has been diagnosed in this country. Th…
The wind and tides are major drivers of the ocean’s global circulation, moving its waters all over the planet and mixing up its temperature, salinity, and nutrients. But according to new research, there might be another crucial force in ocean circulation that scientists haven’t accounted for: the billions upon billions of small marine animals that live in its depths.
The subject enters a room in which a 12-year-old boy is seated. A 20-minute conversation ensues. The subject quizzes the boy about current events and other topics to get a sense of his intelligence and personality. But the boy is not what he appears to…
The diving bell spider the only arachnid on Earth that spends its entire life underwater, a lovely reminder that where life finds a niche, it fills it—oh, and that if you’re afraid of spiders you aren’t really safe anywhere at all.
With the first of a new generation of genetically engineered crops ready to hit the market, the battle lines are being drawn. These crops and others like them may force a showdown between conflicting approaches to farming: one that depends on chemicals to fight weeds, and another that embraces ecology’s lessons.
A new study argues that the theory biologists use to predict an ecosystem’s biodiversity should be modified to account for the global economy. The post How Global Shipping Could Change Our Understanding of Biodiversity appeared first on WIRED.
This is Europe’s shameful and largely forgotten history of putting animal “criminals” on trial and either executing them or, for plagues of insects, ordering them to leave town not only by a certain day, but by an exact time. Such irrational barbarism is hard to fathom, but as early as 824 all the way up to the middle of the 18th century, animals were held to the same moral standards as humans, suffering the same capital punishments and even rotting in the same jails.
There was little need, before, to know exactly how much dust peppers outer space, far from the plane of the Milky Way. Scientists understood that the dimly radiating grains aligned with our galaxy’s magnetic field and that the field’s twists and turns gave a subtle swirl to the dust glow. But those swirls were too […]
The story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Earth’s oceans have never been this far beyond the bounds of normal. ERIC HOLTHAUS Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate’s Future Tense. New data released Thursday by the National Oceanic […]
The Western Ghats in India rise like a wall between the Arabian Sea and the heart of the subcontinent to the east. The 1,000-mile-long chain of coastal mountains is dense with lush rainforest and grasslands, and each year, clouds bearing monsoon rains blow in from the southwest and break against the mountains’ flanks, unloading water […]