Much of the ice also appears to be thinner than normal — further signs of climate change’s effects on the region.
By NICHOLAS WADE March 22, 2017 For more than a century, the placement of dinosaurs on the branches of their family tree has been based on the shape of their hips. This classification has now been radically challenged by proponents of a new tree which, if accepted, swaps large subfamilies around, sheds new light… Continue reading
By GINA KOLATA March 22, 2017 The applicant’s nom de plume was not exactly subtle, if you know Polish. The middle initial and surname of the author, Anna O. Szust, mean “fraudster.” Her publications were fake and her degrees were fake. The book chapters she listed among her publications could not be found, but… Continue reading
The president’s stance on science funding could have serious consequences.
March 21, 2017 Carl Zimmer As biological research races forward, ethical quandaries are piling up. In a report published Tuesday in the journal eLife, researchers at Harvard Medical School said it was time to ponder a startling new prospect: synthetic embryos. In recent years, scientists have moved beyond in vitro fertilization. They… Continue reading
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR March 20, 2017 Galápagos penguin chicks have it good. Even when they are old enough to hunt on their own, they beg their parents for food — and the parents give in. Recently researchers in the Galápagos watched as fully fledged birds squeaked and pleaded until their parents turned to them… Continue reading
Once a breakfast staple, this white, seed-packed variety of the fruit has all but disappeared. Yet there are hints of a small-scale revival.
By STEPH YIN March 20, 2017 With enough determination, money and smarts, scientists just might revive the woolly mammoth, or some version of it, by splicing genes from ancient mammoths into Asian elephant DNA. The ultimate dream is to generate a sustainable population of mammoths that can once again roam the tundra. But here’s… Continue reading
Flowering plants that are blue are rare in nature. But Texas bluebonnets put on an annual show in pastures, parks and highway medians.
By CHRISTINE HAUSER March 17, 2017 The cameras shudder as blinding light flashes across the earth. Deformed white clouds balloon and mutate from the force of the nuclear test explosions. These are some of the images captured in raw footage of bomb tests carried out by the United States between 1945 and 1962 in… Continue reading