At last, a new report spells out that the oil spill, along with a couple other coincidental but unfortunate circumstances, initiated the grissly dolphin deaths.
July 20, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
While eating one another is understandable if stranded on a snowy mountain or desolate wasteland, evidence exists that some societies tucked into the practice even if not faced with life-or-death situations, just for the fun of it.
July 18, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Stubborn climate skeptic hold-outs now face more than just the rest of the world's scorn: Their towns might not be on the map in a few years.
July 12, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Entrepreneurial students from University College London are striving to create tropical paradises made from ocean garbage. The aim of the project is to collect tiny pieces of plastic trash floating in the ocean, then stick them all together to create islands of artificial habitat.
July 09, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Out of Polynesia emerges a drug that may have potential for preventing cognitive decline associated with old age. ScienceDaily describes a study just published in the journal Neuroscience: Rapamycin, a bacterial product first isolated from soil on Easter Island, enhanced learning and memory in young mice and improved these faculties in old mice, the study [...]
July 03, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The Damariscotta River was an epicenter of oyster shucking between 2,200 and 1,000 years ago
June 28, 2012 | By Peter Smith
Fun fact of the day: Sharks are older than trees. The earliest species that we could classify as “tree,” the now-extinct Archaeopteris, lived around 350 million years ago, in forests where the Sahara desert is now. But Sharks? They laugh at trees. They’ve been around for 400 million years, skirting four global mass extinctions along [...]
June 27, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Marine biologist Scott Landry’s tool of choice for freeing whales tangled in stray fishing gear is the gobbler guillotine, a crossbow-like weapon designed in Texas for shooting turkeys.
June 27, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
A study lead by United States Geological Survey scientist Asbury Sallenger found that over the past 20 years the ocean height has gone up faster along the coast north of Cape Hateras, North Carolina, than to the south. According to Nature, In absolute figures, sea levels on this stretch of coast have climbed by between 2 [...]
June 25, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
CNN is reporting that Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle (the people who make Java), is buying 98% of Lanai, Hawaii’s sixth largest island. According to Reuters, ‘It is my understanding that Mr. Ellison has had a long standing interest in Lanai. His passion for nature, particularly the ocean, is well known specifically [...]
June 21, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Longline fishing uses strings of hooks stretching 30 miles in the Gulf of Mexico, regularly ensnaring around 80 non-target animals, including Atlantic bluefin tuna, blue and white marlin, sailfish and endangered sea turtles. Some studies indicate that longliners throw away more animals than they actually haul in for harvest. In the hopes of encouraging people [...]
June 20, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
These innovative recipes entice the taste buds for every meal of the day
June 15, 2012 | By Kat J. McAlpine
If you've only had the pleasure of eating a bowl of gumbo, queue up some Beausoleil and prepare some of these specialties
May 22, 2012 | By Jesse Rhodes
An ode to surfing’s fiercest, most successful competitor – who now has a place in the Smithsonian collections
May 2012 | By Owen Edwards
A new book catalogues some of the best sites around the world to catch a wave with stunning photography
April 17, 2012 | By Chloë Schama
Alarmed by the sinking of the ocean liner, a radio pioneer devised a way to detect icebergs—and then submarines, reefs and schools of fish
April 13, 2012 | By Peter Smith
Author Rafe Sagarin looks to the natural world for tips on how to plan for national emergencies
April 03, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
The images convey invisible or purposely obfuscated ideas related to food, explained by the experts themselves
March 22, 2012 | By Peter Smith
The canning innovation left another lasting impression: Foods are safe only when sterilized
March 08, 2012 | By Peter Smith
A 2,000-year-old shipwreck held ceramic vessels full of fish sauce, as well as a giant tank for transporting live fish
March 01, 2012 | By Peter Smith