Namib Desert beetle (Wikimedia Commons)

June 24, 2014

Lessons from the desert beetle: Harvesting water from the atmosphere

Clean water shortage affects every continent, with almost one-fifth of the world’s population living in areas where water is in short supply (United Nations). And renewable freshwater resources are projected to dwindle further, according to the...

June 19, 2014

Video of the Week: The Circle of Life

Have you been feeling close to nature lately? That might be because you are made of the very same stuff as trees, water and air. Living creatures constantly exchange atoms of carbon and oxygen with plants...

June 13, 2014

Video of the Week: Clues about our Origins from New Fossils of Prehistoric Fish

Getting a clear picture of our early evolutionary ancestors is challenging, in part because one of the biggest tools in reconstructing the past is fossil evidence. Fossils are very telling when it comes to bones, but...

Peat bog in Congo-Brazzaville

June 4, 2014

Discovery of a massive African peat bog: A new resource for understanding climate

In April, while exploring uncharted regions of western central Africa, a team of scientists came across an incredibly large yet unknown peat bog in an area called the Congo Basin.  Stretching across the Democratic Republic of Congo and...


May 28, 2014

Return of the wisent: Restoring ecosystems through rewilding

On May 17, 2014, more than 250 people assembled on a muddy path in the Southern Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania for a special homecoming celebration. Enter the European bison, or wisent (17 of them to be...

The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. (Credit: NASA.)

May 23, 2014

Making Sense of West Antarctic Melting

  Two new studies unveiled last week require revising estimates of future sea-level rise upward. Together, the studies — which concern melting of Antarctic ice — suggest that oceans could rise by as much as 11...

white lab mouse

May 16, 2014

Fixing (the Other) Gender Bias in Scientific Research

You’ve probably heard about research indicating that–despite significant progress–there is still a gender gap in science. Women are underrepresented in many STEM fields. They may face subtle biases from professors and potential mentors. And, on average,...


May 5, 2014

Understanding Diversity through Birding

Twitchers, birders, avian habitués of the Northern Hemisphere… It is that magical time of year, again: Spring migration. It’s a time of opportunity for adding to life-lists, for early morning sloshes in muddy wetlands and clambering...

Credit: NASA

April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014: Following the carbon footprint to the sea

Where are we now, 43 years after the first nationwide Earth Day was celebrated in the US? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a grim picture in its latest assessment report, AR5, announcing that...


April 10, 2014

Frequency Fingerprints

News of radio signals emanating from the bottom of the Indian Ocean provided a much-needed clue to the whereabouts of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared from radar screens a little more than one month...