Some polar bears in far north are getting short-term benefit from thinning ice

The small subpopulation of polar bears in Kane Basin were doing better, on average, in recent years than in the 1990s. The bears are...

Genome duplications as evolutionary adaptation strategy

Genome duplications play a major role in the development of forms and structures of plant organisms and their changes across long periods of evolution....

Scientists predict potential spread, habitat of invasive Asian giant hornet

Researchers have predicted how and where the Asian giant hornet, an invasive newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, popularly dubbed the 'murder hornet,' could spread...

Jaws of death: Paleontologist renames giant, prehistoric marine lizard

Paleontologists describe a new genus of mosasaur, Gnathomortis stadtmani, a marine lizard that roamed the oceans of North America toward the end of the...

Animals lose fear of predators rapidly after they start encountering humans

Most wild animals show a suite of predator avoidance behaviors such as vigilance, freezing, and fleeing. But these are quickly reduced after the animals...

Seismic data explains continental collision beneath Tibet

New imagery reveals the causes of seismic activity deep beneath the Himalaya region, contributing to an ongoing debate over the continental collision process when...

Can ripples on the sun help predict solar flares?

Scientists discovered in 1996 that sunquakes are linked to solar flares. Now, using helioseismic holography, scientists have analyzed a 2011 flare and shown that...

Compounding impact of severe weather events fuels marine heatwave in the coastal ocean

Researchers can offer insight into why these storms intensified quickly as they moved across the continental shelf.

Warming temperatures are driving Arctic greening

As Arctic summers warm, Earth's northern landscapes are changing. Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new study found the...

Scientists identify new species of crystal-encrusted truffle, thanks to bonobos

Mushroom-munching bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have introduced scientists to a new species of truffle.

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