Project to map global 'species richness' highlights the variety of biodiversity itself
- Biodiversity is essential for ecosystems – and humanity – to survive
- These maps show the diversity of biodiversity itself: the hotspots are all over the place
- Compounding U.S. biodiversity data produces a list of 9 'Recommended Priority Areas', most in need of protection
The blob that's astonishing science gets its own exhibit.
- In recognition of its amazing traits, a zoo has just invited slime mold into its ranks.
- Neither plant, and probably not a fungus, slime molds may represent a major turning point in our understanding of intelligence.
- Of course, the French zoo is calling it "Le Blob."
While the blockbuster franchise might have given us a distorted view of science's capabilities to address species extinction, new research might come close to "resurrecting" lost species' DNA.
- Jurassic Park has fueled public misconceptions about science's abilities to bring extinct species back to life.
- De-extinction technology can resurrect genetic material from extinct species into their living relatives in a way that can assist conservation efforts.
- Fostering empathy for other-than-human lives through stories might be the key to addressing the current ecological catastrophe.
Octopuses are known to rapidly change colors during sleep, but it's still unclear whether they dream like humans do.
- The clip is from an upcoming PBS TV show called "Octopus: Making Contact."
- Octopuses have thousands of color-changing cells under their skin called chromatophores that can change colors almost instantly.
- Scientists, however, still aren't sure exactly how octopuses coordinate all of these color-changing cells to form particular patterns.
The loss of elephants accelerates climate change.
- Elephants help keep the central African forests they live in healthy.
- Without elephants, the forests see a striking reduction in their carbon dioxide-storage capacity.
- Study calls elephants "natural forest managers."