Look in moist forests along the coast of California and you might find Aquilegia eximia, or Van Houtte’s columbine, a pretty, reddish-orange flower. “The columbine is a big beautiful plant that grows in nice little streams; there are always hummingbirds buzzing around and lots of greenery in these...
Step aside, Loch Ness monster. Long-necked behemoths once roamed Scotland in real life.
Brontosaurus’ early relatives stomped through Scottish lagoons some 170 million years ago, suggest a newly-discovered collection of colossal fossil footprints.
The prints, stamped into ancient layers of stone like shallow potholes, stretch up to 70...
Florida police are searching for a man who lurks in the shadows.
For more than two years, he has terrorized at least a dozen women, peeping into windows and slipping into bedrooms to watch them sleep. He has touched several women’s feet or hair — some, he has sexually assaulted.
The media dubbed him the “Serial Creeper,” and police are desperate to find him. In September, they...
For preventing HIV infection, a daily pill may be overkill.
Instead, an antiretroviral drug taken before and after sex could get the job done, researchers report December 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The treatment plan might be easier for patients, too.
Scientists have previously suggested that a...
Anyone trying to circumvent the physical laws governing heat is going to get burned.
A new experiment reveals how a device that robs a closed system of heat to make it more orderly, an action forbidden by a bedrock law of physics, inevitably pays a price by becoming hotter and more disordered. It’s a real-life demonstration of a nearly 150-...
The Science Life
Just after dawn, barbershop quartets of male howler monkeys echo over the canopy of Mexico’s forests. Jake Dunn remembers them well from his early fieldwork in Veracruz. “Most people who don’t know what they’re listening to assume it’s a jaguar,” says Dunn, a primatologist at the University of Cambridge.
The calls serve as a...
A gassy planet, close to its star, with a puzzlingly small mass.
Not to be confused with a generic breakfast cereal, superpuffs are fluffy planets snuggled up to their suns. A superpuff develops its inflated persona by forming far from its star and then wandering inward, astronomers Eve...
Human groups foraged near the bottom of South America between at least 18,500 and 14,500 years ago, researchers say. Their new discoveries challenge a popular view in archaeology that people entered South America no earlier than 15,000 years ago.
Excavations in southern Chile indicate that ancient human groups sporadically passed through that area over a 4,000-year stretch, say...
“Armchair anthropologist” takes on new meaning at FossilFinder.org. The citizen science website is seeking volunteers to look for fossils and stone tools and to classify rocks captured in aerial photos of Kenya’s Lake Turkana Basin. The basin has been home to important discoveries in human evolution, including many hominid fossils and the earliest known...
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The Last Volcano
Pegasus Books, $28.95
Since prehistoric times, erupting volcanoes have been both awesome and mysterious. But these days...