Spring is in the air, and the animal kingdom is on the move. Vernal migrations feature everything from fish and birds to big, shaggy mammals and tiny insects. These journeys are about as diverse as the species themselves, but Andy Davis, a University of Georgia ecologist and editor of the journal Animal Migration, says the mass wildlife movements have one important thing in common. Continue reading Twelve Epic Migratory Journeys Animals Take Every Spring
Neil Pederson’s introduction to tree rings came from a “sweet and kindly” college instructor, who nevertheless was “one of the most boring professors I’d ever experienced,” Pederson said. “I swore tree rings off then and there.” But they kept coming back to haunt him. Continue reading Tree rings contain secrets from the forest
Ever since the 19th century, when disease was first linked to sewage-contaminated water, humans have gone to great lengths to escape their own filth. Meanwhile, animals have gone on reveling in the stuff—eating it, strategically dropping it, flinging it around just to pass the time, etc. Same goes for mud, piss, vomit, blood and rotting carcasses of every make and vintage. Most creatures just don’t have our hang-ups. Continue reading What’s the Filthiest Animal?
The myth of a treasure hoard hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains has lured a fourth person to their death, the BBC reported.
For innovators of every variety, nature is worth looking to for inspiration. All living organisms have evolved over millennia to best survive their environments. In doing so, they’ve perfected elements and processes that can be applied to myriad human concerns — from leading us to engineering and medical solutions, like needles that pierce skin as painlessly as mosquito bites, to simply helping us make our creations more efficient and beautiful, like Kohler’s elegant rain-simulating shower panels. Here are some of the ways nature has highkey influenced human design.
One November night each year, beneath the full moon, more than 130 species of corals simultaneously spawn in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Some corals spew plumes of sperm, smoldering like underwater volcanoes. Others produce eggs. But most release both eggs and sperm, packed together in round, buoyant bundles as small as peppercorns and blushed in shades of pink, orange, and yellow.