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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]