Researchers Pim Bongaerts and Norbert Englebert on a collection dive. Credit: © David Whillas Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments. In recent years, advancements in DNA sequencing have exposed a large amount of hidden diversity in reef-building […]

The new species was discovered in the dunes on Lista in Farsund municipality. Credit: Arnstein Staverløkk, NINA, CC BY3.0 A brand new species of parasitic cuckoo wasp was discovered based on its clever use of pheromones. Cuckoo wasps – also called emerald wasps – are some of the most beautiful […]

A typical endurance horse (Arabian breed) presented for a gait test before the start of the race to check locomotor soundness. During an endurance competition (100-160 km), horses must undergo veterinary inspection at the end of each 20 to 40 km loop to check their recovery and capacity to continue […]

Modern snakefly pictured above Fifty-two-million-year-old fossil snakefly from Driftwood Canyon in British Columbia. Credit: Fossil image copyright Zootaxa Ancient predatory insects discovered in region once thought uninhabitable. Fossil discoveries often help answer long-standing questions about how our modern world came to be. However, sometimes they only deepen the mystery—as a […]

A microscope image of the intertidal flatworm Procerodes littoralis. Credit: Katharine Clayton, University of Plymouth A tiny flatworm found commonly on the coasts of western Europe and North America is living proof that species may be able to evolve and adapt to rapid climate change. Research by the University of […]

Humpback whale and researchers pictured from a drone. Credit: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab The ocean’s mammals are at a crucial crossroads — with some at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, researchers say. In a detailed review of the status of the world’s 126 […]

Illustration of fat cells. Nuclear power offers an efficient, reliable way to provide energy to large populations — as long as all goes well. Accidents involving nuclear reactors such as those that took place in 1986 at Chernobyl and at Fukushima Daiichi after the March 2011 tsunami raise major concerns […]

Satellite images show the dramatic reduction from 2008 to 2019 in the area covered by kelp forests (gold) off the coast of Mendocino and Sonoma Counties in Northern California. Credit: Meredith McPherson Most of Northern California’s kelp forest ecosystem is gone, replaced by widespread ‘urchin barrens’ that may persist long […]