China’s Jiangxi mountains: now just an asset?
Nature conservation is becoming another way to make money.
What are the implications of peer review on competition in science?
Peer review is a crucial part of the academic publication system. It is also a critical part of the hiring and evaluation process. What's the problem with peer review?
A walk in the park.
Research suggests that those struggling with negative feelings about their bodies should spend more time in the great outdoors.
Residents near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota and many others are concerned of the impact of mining in its headwaters.
Almost 100 years ago, the foundations to preserve the Boundary Waters in Minnesota for recreation were put in place. Now residents are debating whether to allow a mine in its headwaters.
Nature conservationists should be asking if chasing Pokémon creatures means anything for species in the real world.
‘Pokémon Go’ has the ability to make people wander around nature looking for fantasy creatures – but will this translate into people exploring real-life nature?
This massive dragonfly, the Swordbearer Emperor
Anax gladiator, is named for the blade-like spike at its tail tip.
Copyright Jens Kipping
There are 6,000 named dragonfly species worldwide but recently 60 new species were found showing how much more we can learn.
Flooding in Houston, April 18, 2016.
Extreme weather has an outsized impact on everyday life. Focusing on average weather patterns may make Americans dangerously complacent about how climate change is already affecting our lives.
Tricky: The butterfly Kallima inachus resembles a dead leaf.
Swallowtail Garden Seeds/flickr
The natural world is full of trickery and deception in the struggle for survival.
Spider silk is just one of the ways nature has inspired innovation.
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Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
A male African jacana bird mounts a female, but who takes the lead in caring for the young?.
Sex roles in nature don't always follow the same script. In fact, some females have genitals that resemble a penis. How can this be? Evolution has the answers.
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Enough hand-wringing over children not getting out more.
There’s more to it than this.
The notions of "natural capital" and "ecosystem services" try to highlight the value of nature. But but by putting dollar figures on nature do we actually devalue it?
Did someone say Frosties?
It is one of the most controversial questions in nature. Now a group of British researchers have shed light on the answer.
John A. Vucetich
Should conservationists 'sell' the value of nature by focusing on the ecosystem services nature provides people? Surveys show this may be the wrong tack.
Good reasons to get outdoors.
Playing outdoors via Matt Jeppson/www.shutterstock.com
New research has shown that living near green spaces can improve children's cognitive development.
Rapid changes in technology are transforming the contributions ordinary citizens can make to scientific research.
The Separation Tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, marking where Victoria’s separation from New South Wales was celebrated in 1850, is dead after two attacks by vandals.
Tree vandals after better sea views or with political goals deprive everyone of the benefits trees provide. Despite costing local councils thousands in replacement trees, they are rarely caught.
Can we take responsibility for an increasingly human-driven planet? (Photo by Mark Klett)
Witness to Sunrise, Muley Point, Utah.
Scientists, philosophers, historians, journalists, agency administrators and activists grapple with what it means to 'save nature' in the Anthropocene.
“Lovely day for it.” “Woof yes!”
After a handshake, we learned this week that we sniff our hands. But why? Hand smells are not all that interesting in themselves. This points to possibilities that you might not want to hear.
Hey little guy.
How good are you at caring for your houseplants? Come to that, how good are you at caring for yourself? Symbio, a new app still currently in development, will connect your well-being to that of your plants…