Summer of No Love for Sea Turtles

Summer of No Love for Sea Turtles

Rising temperatures could produce only female hatchlings and leave sea turtles facing future summers of no love. All sea turtles lack sex hormones. An embryo develops into a male or female based on surrounding conditions as an egg incubates in the nest, primarily temperature. Lower temperatures produce more males, higher ones, more females. Generally, at […]

A Salute to Independent Animals

A Salute to Independent Animals

No man is an island, but can the same be said for animals? Different species of animals approach solitude in varying degrees. In the spirit of Independence Day, here’s a rundown of a few of the most self-sufficient creatures on the planet.

5 Fabulous Fathers in the Animal Kingdom

5 Fabulous Fathers in the Animal Kingdom

With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s only fitting that we take a moment to acknowledge a handful of animals who happen to be some of the most dutiful dads in the animal kingdom. While many males play a role in the rearing of their young, these five fabulous fathers go above and beyond.

Saving Pangolins from Extinction

Saving Pangolins from Extinction

Pangolins are in crisis, with all eight species threatened with extinction. This means that an entire taxonomic Order, the Pholidota, faces going the way of the dodo. Fortunately, pangolins are starting to receive the attention and conservation action that they deserve and there is cause for optimism. Pangolins are truly unique. There are no other […]

6 Tips to Beckon a Bevy of Butterflies

 6 Tips to Beckon a Bevy of Butterflies

It’s no wonder butterflies have fascinated human beings for as long as we have coexisted. These colorful creatures appear delicate—fragile, even—but perform dazzling feats of acrobatics and endurance, by design. Many members of this diverse family have the strength to withstand whatever nature throws at them, from high winds and heavy rains to frigid winters […]

Problem-Solving Abilities Help Explain the Grey Squirrel’s Success

Problem-Solving Abilities Help Explain the Grey Squirrel’s Success

It’s entirely possible, even likely, that you underestimate the eastern grey squirrel. Despite having small rodent brains, they are capable of remembering,  with a high degree of precision, where they stashed thousands of nuts. If they sense they are being watched, they may pretend to bury their food, suggesting a certain level of self-awareness and […]

Talking Rhinos and Stem Cells with Award-Winning Journalist Rachel Nuwer

Talking Rhinos and Stem Cells with Award-Winning Journalist Rachel Nuwer

 This February, we aired “The Last Rhino”, a film about the three remaining Northern White Rhinos; Sudan, an elderly male, his daughter Fatu, and his granddaughter Najin. Together, they are last living representatives of their kind. However, this dire situation hasn’t deterred a group of scientists from trying to rescue the Northern White. Using […]