Energy and Environment
In recent years, more and more migratory storks have been stopping at landfills for a snack during their voyages. Now, it seems that some have decided to make the dump their permanent home.
It's hard to fault the storks for wanting to stop for a meal — after all, they travel over a thousand miles from Europe to Northern Africa and back again every year. The mouth-watering smell of a garbage dump is certainly alluring, and the temptation proved too hard to resist for some storks. Instead
Nuclear fusion has long been considered the “holy grail” of energy research. It represents a nearly limitless source of energy that is clean, safe and self-sustaining. Ever since its existence was first theorized in the 1920s by English physicist Arthur Eddington, nuclear fusion has captured the imaginations of scientists and science-fiction writers alike.
Fusion, at its core, is a simple concept. Take two hydrogen isotopes and smash them together with overwhelming force. The two atoms ov
Help NASA understand clouds by reporting your observations with the citizen science project S'Cool
Clouds are so democratic. You don’t need to be rich or famous or smart or athletic to enjoy the majesty of clouds. You can just look up into the sky wherever you are and be knocked out by their beauty and elegance, their size and changing shapes, their relationship to light–the way clouds glow lit from behind, the way dawn edges them with a fluting of pink and sunset colors them orange and
Curiosity can lead in many different directions, and for artist Marina Abramovic, the quest to sample the full range of human experience found her tripping out on ayahuasca in the forests of Brazil. “I felt like there was a bomb inside me,” she says, after willingly taking a second heavy dose.
Ultimately, a sense of calm clarity emerged, offering Abramovic the sort of inner awakening she had gone to Brazil to find. The journey is the subject of the new documentary The Space In Between
Today, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the black rhinoceros as "critically endangered." In the early 20th century, nearly 1 million black rhinos roamed the planet, but their numbers dipped below 3,000 by the late 1990s. Rhino horns can fetch up to $30,000 a pound, and rampant poaching is largely to blame for black rhinos' rapid decline.
In recent years, the International Rhino Foundation has worked to restore the black rhino population by tracking, monitoring,
(This post originally appeared in the online science magazine Hawkmoth. Follow @HawkmothMag to discover more of their work.)
There are good reasons to think green when it comes to urban rooftops: planting gardens called “green roofs” atop skyscrapers benefits cities environmentally, economically, aesthetically, educationally, and psychologically.
But what about thinking blue?
Although newer and lesser known than green roofs, blue roofs are another nature-mimicking tool to improve o
The Columbia River basin, stretching from Idaho down through Washington and Oregon, is dotted with more than 200 hatcheries in which salmon and steelhead trout are raised before being released to supplement wild populations.
Those wild fish have struggled on their own, due to fishing, dams that block migration routes and other human-related pressures. Hatcheries can help stabilize populations, allowing fishing operations to continue, but only if they produce fish whose offspring can thriv
Maps are used for more than just navigation these days. The citizen science projects highlighted below use maps to study topics ranging from wildlife to hydrology.
You can find additional citizen science mapping projects via the SciStarter Project Finder.
The SciStarter Team
Share a Flood Observation
If you see a flood of any size or kind in the United Kingdom, researchers want to know! Contribute your observations to a flood events map that is publicly access
If you're looking for some peace and quiet, you certainly won't find it at the bottom of the ocean.
Scientists from the NOAA have released audio recordings taken from the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. Even here, sounds from humans, animals and even the earth itself eerily echo in the dark.
Researchers sunk a specialized probe, called a hydrophone, almost 36,000 feet into the Challenger Deep at the Mariana Trench in an effort to establish a baseline for oceanic noise. T
Microbiologists often hope to answer key questions – which microbes are present, and what are they doing? – in non-destructive ways. After all, if you’re changing the very system you’re hoping to analyze, how can you be sure that your measurements reflect native conditions?
The importance of non-destructive analyses takes on a new dimension when objects of cultural significance are involved. Disruptive techniques won’t merely perturb the natural system, but could destroy a priceless a