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Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay: When Partnerships Work

By Bob Vanasse Too often, environmental groups, regulators and fishermen find themselves cast in antagonistic roles on marine issues. Prolonged legal and regulatory battles frequently top headlines, while successful conservation partnerships go unheralded. The Chesapeake Bay, long plagued by problems like pollution and runoff, is benefitting from one such partnership. Regional fishermen, government agencies and environmental…

Modern Polar Explorers on the Hunt for Ancient Sea Monsters

In 2012, the Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum finished off their final field season on Svalbard. Now, the team is planning yet another project, and are getting ready for another season on the Arctic slopes.

Show Your Lion Pride on World Lion Day

Cause an Uproar with the Big Cats Initiative and celebrate World Lion Day on August 10. Images of lions are everywhere. From the iconic statues on the steps of the New York Public Library, to your favorite team mascot, to movies and Broadway musicals, lions are cultural icons. The list of lions in public spaces,…

5 Animals That Can Take the Extreme Heat—and Cold

The Alaska wood frog has set a new record for cold endurance. See what other species can handle extreme temperatures.

Zaña, Peru… The Town That Almost Was

Sarah Kennedy is using animal remains to dig through Peru’s colonial past. The town of Zaña, where she is staying, has seen better days, and few truly realize the immensity of its past.

Groundwater Depletion in Colorado River Basin Poses Big Risk to Water Security

Let’s step back for a minute and consider the implications of the study released last week on the depletion of groundwater in the Colorado River Basin. For anyone concerned about the future of the American West, the findings of this study – which was published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters and conducted by…

Longest-Living Octopus Found, Guards Eggs for Record 4.5 Years

A G. boreopacifica mother was observed watching over her eggs for a record 53 months—the longest developmental period known for any organism, according to a new study.

Bait and Black Magic: Shark Fishing Woes in Fiji

We were willing to try just about anything, including rally caps, talisman and shark dances—anything to catch a shark. We scoured the horizon for bird activity. We searched seamounts and steep drop-offs. We drifted with our chum slicks into the deep blue. We hung multiple fresh, whole yellowfin tuna from our buoys, shaking our heads in disbelief…

Avocado Pollinators and the Need for Weeds

Mee the wild pollinators make the popular fruit possible.

Peru’s first-ever high-resolution carbon map could help the world breathe easier

To put an accurate price on carbon, you need to know how much you have and where it’s located, researchers say Stanford University scientists have produced the first-ever high-resolution carbon geography of Peru, a country whose tropical forests are among the world’s most vital in terms of mitigating the global impact of climate change. Released…

Milky Way Punier Than We Thought

The Milky Way looks less hefty, but just as beautiful as ever, this summer.

Defining Paradise

People have different definitions of paradise, but they always know it when they find it. Aaron Teasdale and his family learn about surfing and conservation in Popoyo, Nicaragua.

“Killer Sperm” Found, Prevents Worms From Cross-Breeding

In the first identified case of “killer sperm,” females that mate with males of another species can become sterile or even die, a new study says.

Extramural Activities: Paint and Fossils

Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Paleontologists learn to do more than just paleontology when necessary; for them, useful skills can include making murals.

101 Geysers Spotted Erupting From Saturn Moon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft team have numbered the plumes of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.