Huddling for survival: monkeys with more social partners can winter better

1 year ago University of Lincoln 0
Behavioural ecologists studied wild Barbary macaques in Morocco and found that monkeys that had more social partners — the monkeys they groomed with — would form larger huddles at night than those animals with fewer social partners, allowing them to save more energy for growth and reproduction. This method of keeping warm, called social thermoregulation, Read More

Humans Make Up Only 0.01 Percent Of All Living Things On Earth, While Plants Represent 82 Percent

1 year ago Naia Carlos | Nature world news 0
A new study sheds light on the composition of life on Earth. Humans steal the limelight despite occupying just a tiny fraction of the planet’s overall biomass. The researchers used the carbon content of all living creatures, also known as biomass, to measure how much of Earth’s biomass weight each group actually occupies. The study published in the Read More

The Oldest Known Tree in Europe Is Having a Growth Spurt

1 year ago Brandon Specktor | Live Science 0
Perched high on a cliff in southern Italy, a bone-white pine tree has watched the Renaissance come and go, seen dozens of wars rage and resolve, and stood by as thousands of less-persistent organisms lived and died on the rocky slopes below. The tree, nicknamed Italus, has seen a lot. You would, too, if you Read More

Consciousness In Nature

1 year ago Howard Jones | Awaken 0
The whole of the natural world is imbued with a numinous sacred spirit…This is a belief that seems to have been associated with indigenous peoples ever since Homo sapiens first evolved on Earth. Indeed, whatever image people have of their deity, the notion still persists today amongst a majority of humankind that there is a purpose to Read More

This Mysterious, Deep-Sea Jellyfish Looks Like the Ghost of an Alien

1 year ago Laura Geggel | Live Science 0
A beach-ball-size jellyfish that looks like a cross between an alien ghost and a pinkish cosmetic bag was captured in a rare video taken by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the inky depths of the Pacific Ocean. The ROV, dubbed Hercules, recorded the unusual jellyfish — named Deepstaria enigmatica after the Deepstar 4000, a deep-sea submersible Read More

Massive Ice Highways Found Hiding Under Antarctica

1 year ago Rafi Letzter | Live Science 0
Scientists have found huge valleys linking the smaller West Antarctic Ice Sheet to the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet, hidden deep under the ice. Three canyons — named Foundation Trough, Patuxent Trough and Offset Rift Basin — slice through the mountain ranges that divide the two major regions of the frozen continent. Foundation is 217 miles (350 kilometers) Read More

Active Hurricane Season Ahead, NOAA Says

1 year ago Mindy Weisberger | Live Science 0
Brace yourself for the 2018 hurricane season — it’s going to be more active than usual, though less intense than last year’s. Today (May 24), experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued their forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30. The 2018 season is Read More

‘Living fossil’ giant salamander heading for extinction

1 year ago Helen Brigg | BBC News 0
The world’s largest amphibian is in “catastrophic” decline, with possibly only a handful left in the wild. Field surveys carried out over four years suggest the Chinese giant salamander has all but disappeared from its natural habitat. In contrast, millions of the animals live in commercial farms, where they are sold to luxury restaurants. Remaining Read More

Something Is Sucking Iron Out of Earth’s Crust, and Scientists Think They Know What

1 year ago Brandon Specktor | Live Science 0
What makes the Red Planet red? The answer, as Sherlock Holmes might say, is elementary. And that element is iron. The continental crust of Mars is so iron-rich that, over billions of years, surface rocks actually rust when exposed to the meager oxygen in the planet’s atmosphere. The result is a rust-coated planet that appears red, even from Read More

Hippo Poop Is Literally Suffocating Fish

1 year ago Mindy Weisberger | Live Science 0
On a savanna in southwestern Kenya, thousands of hippos converge daily along a stretch of the Mara River, gathering in groups among dozens of shallow pools, where they sink into the water to protect their sensitive skin from the sun. But they aren’t there just to cool down — they also come to poop. As the hippos Read More