Geography

Why do we explore?

Throughout history, humankind has shared an innate trait – the desire to explore. Prehistoric men and women may have stood curiously at the opening to...

Californian whales may save their Russian cousins

Hope for an alarmingly low number of gray whales in the western Pacific Ocean might rest with their cousins to the east, according to...

Dinosaur extinction drove pulses of fish diversification

Scientists have found new evidence that fish rapidly evolved in two phases following the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/Pg) mass extinction that occurred 66 million years ago. The...

‘Vampire burial’ reveals efforts to prevent child’s return from grave

The discovery of a 10-year-old's body at an ancient Roman site in Italy suggests measures were taken to prevent the child, possibly infected with...

Did mosasaurs hunt like killer whales?

Did prehistoric sea creatures called mosasaurs subdue prey by ramming them with their bony snouts like killer whales do today? It's a theory that University...

Ancient Egyptian pigment can boost energy efficiency

A color developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago has a modern-day application as well: The pigment can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and...

Ancient Easter Islanders collected freshwater from the ocean’s edge to survive

Ancient inhabitants of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) maintained a society of thousands by utilizing coastal groundwater discharge as their main source of "freshwater," according...
High-res data offer most detailed look yet at trawl fishing footprint around the world

High-res data offer most detailed look yet at trawl fishing footprint around the world

About a quarter of the world’s seafood caught in the ocean comes from bottom trawling, a method that involves dragging a net along the...

Land-locked Atlantic salmon use GPS-like magnetic field to navigate

A new study shows that Atlantic salmon use the Earth’s magnetic field as a navigational tool – much like their cousins, Pacific salmon –...
Indonesia tsunami why wasn’t there an earlier warning

Indonesia tsunami: why wasn’t there an earlier warning

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has claimed the lives of at least 1,350 people. Many more people are missing and the disaster has...