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Can You Guess Which Country Has the Most Endangered Species?

We’re number two! The United States is home to 1,278 species at risk of extinction — the second-highest count worldwide — according to the latest update of the International Union... -- Read more on

Honeybees Can Recognize Individual Human Faces

The ability to tell individual faces apart was long thought to be exclusive to large-brained mammals. But in recent years a number of studies have shown that, in fact, some wasps can facially... -- Read more on

Earliest Human DNA Shows Unforeseen Mixing with Mystery Population

Another ancient genome, another mystery. DNA gleaned from a 400,000-year-old femur from Spain has revealed an unexpected link between Europe’s hominin inhabitants of the time and a cryptic... -- Read more on

The Cryptozoologicon (Volume I): here, at last

mercredi 4 décembre 2013 — Evolution
Conway, Kosemen & Naish (2013), front cover. My newest book – Cryptozoologicon Volume I , co-authored with John Conway and C. M. “Memo” Kosemen – is now available ... -- Read more on

Des toilettes publiques de… 235 millions d’années

mercredi 4 décembre 2013 par Pierre Barthélémy — Paléontologie, Coprolithes, Dicynodontes, Dinodotonsaurus, Latrines communes, Reptiles mammaliens
Il y a dans la paléontologie un peu de l'excitation des enfants le matin de Noël, qui se demandent quelles merveilles ils vont bien découvrir sous le sapin. On a les trouvailles attendues mais aussi des surprises. C'est ce qui … Continuer la lecture (...)

Best of the Blogs for October: A Bacon Fueled Brain

Check out the latest ‘Best-of-the-blogs’ video from the Scientific American Blog network! We’re talking a fat-fueled brain, the benefits of watching scary television, and the... -- Read more on

Tiny Ohio Catfish Species, Last Seen in 1957, Declared Extinct

Here’s the thing about extinctions: They are very rarely witnessed. The last members of a species in the wild tend to go quietly into the night with no one to witness their deaths. All too... -- Read more on

Why Life Does Not Really Exist

lundi 2 décembre 2013 — Evolution,Mind & Brain,More Science
A native bee in my backyard (Credit: Ferris Jabr) I have been fascinated with living things since childhood. Growing up in northern California, I spent a lot of time playing outdoors among plants... -- Read more on

Octopus Suckers Have Groovy Secret for Strength

dimanche 1er décembre 2013 — Evolution,Technology,More Science
Image courtesy of WikimediaCommons/steve_lodefink Octopus suckers are extraordinary. They can move and grasp objects independently. They can “taste” the water around them. They can even... -- Read more on

Un scandaleux marché noir de la science en Chine

Une fois n'est pas coutume. Si je m'intéresse aujourd'hui au dernier numéro de Science, daté du 29 novembre, ce n'est pas pour une étude relatant une découverte, mais pour une édifiante enquête journalistique que la revue publie, qui met au jour un … Continuer la lecture (...)

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