June 26, 2017 Carl Zimmer Mark D. Zabel wants to set some fires. Dr. Zabel and his colleagues are developing plans to burn plots of National Park Service land in Arkansas and Colorado. If the experiments turn out as the researchers hope, they will spare some elk and deer a gruesome death…. Continue reading
June 23, 2017 Trilobites By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR Spiky bursts of plasma called spicules swirl around the surface of the sun. Millions erupt every moment, spurting solar material some 6,000 miles high at speeds of about 60 miles per second. “These things are very violent,” said Bart De Pontieu, a research scientist… Continue reading
June 23, 2017 Trilobites By JOANNA KLEIN It was night, but people could see, almost as if it was day. There were no streetlamps, no flood lights, no candles, sun or moon. But they could read documents, make out pebbles on the ground and spot details of landscapes hundreds of yards away…. Continue reading
By KENNETH CHANG June 22, 2017 The small blue dot is Curiosity. From orbit, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been cataloging the landscape of Mars in exquisite detail for more than a decade. Occasionally it photographs something not at all Martian. On June 5, the orbiter passed over Mount Sharp, the mountain inside a… Continue reading
Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings June 22, 2017 A collection of bird eggs of different shapes and sizes. On a global scale, one of the best predictors of egg shape is flight ability, a study found. June 22, 2017 Trilobites By STEPH YIN Owls’ are spherical,… Continue reading
By JIM ROBBINS June 22, 2017 HELENA, Mont. — After 42 years on the Endangered Species list, the Yellowstone grizzly bear — whose numbers have grown to more than 700 from fewer than 150 — will lose its protected status, the Interior Department announced on Thursday. The controversial move has long been debated, despite… Continue reading
June 21, 2017 Trilobites By JOANNA KLEIN Some just call it a sun shower. Others say the devils are getting married — or the rats, or the foxes are having a wedding. In some places, a hyena is giving birth or there’s a hole in the heavens. And although unnerving, some casually… Continue reading
June 20, 2017 Trilobites By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR Wednesday at 12:24 a.m. Eastern Time marks the summer solstice, the scientific start to summer for half the world. The Northern Hemisphere will dip toward the sun, basking in its warmth for longer than at any other time. The solstice occurs because the Earth… Continue reading
A land-based vacation in the Galápagos offers snorkeling, cave exploration, mountain hikes, tortoises and, sometimes, a little mystery.
The company is joining other oil companies and corporate giants to endorse a plan from the Climate Leadership Council to tax fossil fuels and pay the dividends to taxpayers.