Watch: Scientists virtually de-froze Antarctica

When asked to picture Antarctica, most people (if not all) find themselves picturing a really big ice sheet. The world’s biggest ice sheet, to be more precise.

The secrets of cicada’s sound

Of all the bugs that achieve the mantle of summer pest, cicadas are perhaps the most curious. They don’t sting, they don’t bite, they don’t buzz around your head, they taste good in chocolate, but as the drowning din of the 17-year brood this summer will remind: we would love them less if they emerged […]

‘Junk’ DNA mystery solved

One person’s trash may be another person’s treasure, but sometimes, trash is just trash. So-called junk DNA, the vast majority of the genome that doesn’t code for proteins, really isn’t needed for a healthy organism, according to new research. “At least for a plant, junk DNA really is just junk — it’s not required,” said […]

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Carbon dioxide reaches new record: Surpasses 400 parts per million

On May 9, the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958.

Picture of the Day: Zebrafish

Picture of ant colony & new research constructs ant family tree

Confirms date of evolutionary origin, underscores importance of Neotropics

Our amazing planet from top to bottom! [Infographic]

World First: Vertical Forest Nears Completion in Milan! [Gallery]

Milan is one of the most polluted cities in the world, and the Bosco Verticale project aims to mitigate some of the environmental damage that has been inflicted upon the city by urbanization!

Picture of the Day: Cultured cell art

All blue-eyed humans have a single, common ancestor

New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. A team at the University of Copenhagen have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye colour of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today.

Picture of the Day: Spectacular colored fish

Can earthquakes turn water to gold?

Earthquakes have Mida’s touch, a new study claims.

Picture of the Day: eyeless, mouthless, Bone-boring. What is it?

So-called zombie worms are eyeless, mouthless, bone-boring creatures that live inside decaying whale carcasses that have fallen to the ocean floor. The worms are surprisingly diverse and widespread, considering that they make their homes in some of the most isolated places on the planet. But a new study sheds light on how the sex strategy […]

Infographic: Arctic ice hits record minimum

A new NASA image based on satellite data shows that the extent of Arctic sea ice, as of September 2012, has hit a new record minimum, compared with the average minimum extent for the past 30 years. The new minimum, set on Sept. 16, is almost 300,000 square miles (777,000 square kilometers) less than the […]

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