| Mar 19, 2014
| 6:50 AM
Welcome to the fold! An entomologist trekking through Amazonian rain forest and sifting through musty museums has discovered 19 new species of praying mantis in Central and South America. The findings, published in the journal ZooKeys, nearly triple the...
| Mar 15, 2014
Sometimes, a rainy day seems like a bad time for a road trip, but it's actually the perfect day for a museum.
Two museums were on my list on a recent excursion to North Florida, but the landscape along the way offers a glimpse of Florida's unspoiled...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 1:56 PM
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David J. Skorton, a cardiologist who’s spent the past decade as president of Cornell University and the University of Iowa, will be the next head of the Smithsonian Institution starting...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 6:45 AM
It has been at least a while, and possibly in the whole recorded history of the medium, that a blockbuster science series has aired on conventional broadcast television. But there is no time like the present, whether or not such a thing as the present...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 4:26 PM
A worm from Southeast Asia has found its way into France and is threatening the country's supply of escargot.
The New Guinea flatworm is one of the most dangerous invasive species in the world. The worms were spotted at the botanical gardens in...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 6:05 PM
SEATTLE — A backhoe, an apprentice plumber and a 20,000-year-old piece of ivory (give or take a few millenniums) have brought out Puget Sound's inner paleontologist.
Last week a Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in the foundation of an...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Let's face it. It's easy to take for granted that mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish -- vertebrates just like people -- have a face. But it has not always been the case.
The first creatures with a backbone -- jawless fish from hundreds of...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 5:56 AM
Hey, "The Walking Dead" is back on AMC!
It's been two months since we've been able to spend our Sunday nights watching men and women in tattered clothing brutally slaughtering rotting men and women in even more tattered clothing/skin, unless you...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
What a view!
We're standing atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty -- about halfway up the 305-foot, 1-inch climb to the crown -- looking out at the New York City skyline.
Even the jaded high school boys I'm chaperoning can't help but be impressed....
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:49 PM
If you’re looking for hot spots of diversity, look to the Earth’s warm, sweaty midsection. The tropical regions near the equator both produce new species faster and lose them more slowly, according to a study that analyzed the evolution and...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"DON'T MATTER how much money you got. There are two kinds of people; there's saved people and there's lost people."
So said Bob Dylan.
NOW THAT teen idol, troublemaker deluxe, Justin Bieber has finally been arrested -- speeding in a car while under...