Syndicated on Salon as Death to the house cat!; Featured on The Browser and BBC Future Every few months, the fact that domestic cats are ruthless killers hits the news.
Sometimes it frustrates me that we feel the effects of climate change so slowly, if at all.It's not that I'm an apocalypse-monger, dreaming of mass hysteria induced by floods and droughts, shortages of food and fuel...
The University of Montana's natural history museum in Missoula is the "largest zoological museum in Montana and one of the major zoological collections of the Northern Rocky Mountains," according to its website...
Urban areas are growing in size--and with them, the number of trees influenced by city life. While development often leads to deforestation, there are still a significant number of trees growing in the shadow of cities...
As I read the funny pages this morning in the paper, I noticed a running joke: no one keeps their New Year's resolutions. There are a million different personal and psychological reasons for this--but you can use SCIENCE to better understand why you fail, and how to get better at achieving your goals.The tip I've learn that's helped me the most is to NOT TELL ANYONE about what you want to do, at least not point-blank...
Mistletoe is frequently spotted hanging above lovers' heads in terrible holiday specials--but only during one month of the year. That makes it easy to forget that more than 1,300 species hang in forests year-round, parasitizing thousands of tree species around the world...
Procrastination feels like an inevitable part of getting anything done these days. It really should be called procrasti hate , as I always hate myself afterwards, whether I've spent an hour on Facebook scrolling through photos of a wedding I wasn't invited to, or lost 40 games of spider solitaire in a row.But I've found a way to waste time in a way that's fulfilling: by helping researchers identify animals online.Yesterday, the Zooniverse, a citizen science hub, launched its latest project, called Snapshot Serengeti...
The sight of cigarette butts delicately woven into birds' nests sparks an array of reactions, from relief that birds are adapting to urban environments to disgust at the display of human disregard for wildlife...
Here are the best things I've read all week. The pieces are not necessarily news and could be decades old, and they're probably longform writing but not always.
While some schoolchildren daydream about crushes during class, delicately inscribing their names in paper margins, others instead yearn to one day discover and name their own species for the cute boy at the corner desk...
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