The world population of vertebrate species has been cut in half over the past 40 years, according to a report released Tuesday. The Living Planet Report, compiled by the World Wildlife Fund in partnership with the Zoological Society of London, points to human activities as the primary reason for the decline. Continue reading
Used for centuries for war and entertainment, the giant mammals are in danger of extinction due to the illegal ivory trade. Elephants truly never forget, and they can cooperate, problem solve and are self-aware. But they have never eaten peanuts. Here’s some things you should know about these animals. Continue reading
Turns out dolphins have a certain magnetic quality, and not just figuratively but literally.
A new study published in the journal Naturwissenschaften — The Science of Nature, reveals that the aquatic mammals are attracted to magnets, behaving differently when in proximity to magnetized objects as opposed to any that are demagnitized. Continue reading
The debate over personal privacy vs. national security took a new turn earlier this week as the director of the FBI criticized the advent of encrypted smart phones that allow users to keep data on their devices private. For more, Julia Angwin of ProPublica joins Alison Stewart. Continue reading
President Barack Obama pledged Thursday to expand the largest ocean sanctuary to 490,000 square miles, six times its current size. The PBS NewsHour has been following how ocean acidification has impacted marine life and the Americans who depend on them. Continue reading
A region of the Pacific Ocean that is home to thriving colonies of rare and endangered species will be protected as the world’s largest marine preserve, under an executive order by President Obama. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Institute about the importance of keeping the area undisturbed, as well as its historical precedent. Continue reading
Three 16-year-old high school girls hailing from Ireland claimed the top prize for Google’s 2014 Science Fair with a project that aims to solve the food crisis — with the help of bacteria.
A new process developed at Stanford University lets scientists see inside the brain, using computer programs to fly in between neurons. It’s the first high resolution picture of the brain’s wiring, which could lead to cures for anxiety, depression and other neurological disorders. Continue reading
NEW YORK — Thousands of miles off America’s shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that President Barack Obama signed Thursday.