October 12, 2017 Trilobites By JOANNA KLEIN Let’s have a moment of silence for Jeremy, the lefty brown garden snail, found dead Wednesday in a refrigerator in a British research lab. Jeremy was a rare snail, with an unusual shell that made him stand out among other garden snails. He will be… Continue reading
October 12, 2017 Trilobites By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR A small green dot lost in the vastness of the southeastern Pacific Ocean, Easter Island has long enchanted archaeologists and the public. Hundreds of giant stone figures, or Moai, that decorate the volcanic island remain a source of fascination. One of the greatest mysteries… Continue reading
October 12, 2017 Carl Zimmer For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism. “If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist… Continue reading
October 12, 2017 James Gorman SCIENCETAKE The kangaroo rat is a small nocturnal seed-eater, weighing in at five ounces soaking wet, which hardly ever happens since it lives in the desert. One of its many predators is the sidewinder rattlesnake, a two-foot long viper weighing in at a little over seven ounces…. Continue reading
October 11, 2017 Trilobites By DOUGLAS QUENQUA Pumas have long had a reputation as loners, studiously marking their territory, hunting individually and tolerating one another only when it’s time to mate. But the animals — also known as mountain lions, cougars or panthers — may be more social than previously thought, according… Continue reading
Rhiannon Giddens, the playwright Annie Baker and the theater artist Taylor Mac are among the 24 recipients of fellowships for “exceptionally creative people.”
Industry leaders and environmentalists both doubt the agency will move quickly to replace former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan with something new.
October 10, 2017 Trilobites By JOANNA KLEIN Tucked away in the drawers of natural history museums across America’s Rust Belt, thousands of dead birds carry dirty secrets from America’s polluted past. The specimens that were put away around the start of the 20th century are far grimier than the ones from more… Continue reading
October 10, 2017 Trilobites By SHANNON HALL Beneath Yellowstone National Park lies a supervolcano, a behemoth far more powerful than your average volcano. It has the ability to expel more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of rock and ash at once — 250,000 times more material than erupted from Mount St. Helens in… Continue reading
President Trump wants to scrap the Obama-era initiative. What will happen next, and how does this relate to the Paris climate agreement?