Nature

Vibrantly Colored ‘Starburst’ Scorpionfish Discovered

July 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

A riotously colorful new species of scorpionfish has been found deep in the Caribbean near Curaçao. The fish is orange-red, with splashes of yellow and pink decorating its fins and face. Its scientific name is Scorpaenodes barrybrowni, after nature photographer Barry Brown, who works with the Smithsonian Institution mission that discovered the deep-sea-living fish. S. barrybrowni is a denizen of the rocky seafloor and underwater cliffs, spending its time between about 310 and 525 feet (95 to 160 meters) down. Researchers discovered the new species during the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP), a Smithsonian Institution mission to explore reefs deeper than scuba divers can go. Researchers used a manned submersible, Curasub, to collect samples of scorpionfish from near the island of Curaçao and discovered that several were of a species never seen before. [See Photos of the Bizarre Fish and Other Freaky-Looking Fish] “The 50- to 300-meter [160 to 980 feet] tropical ocean [...]

Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

July 3, 2016 // 2 Comments

  EARTH PORM The animal kingdom harbors many parenting secrets. Compared with humans, animals have both unique and similar ways of parenting their offspring. For instance, elephants rely on young females to act as babysitters for their young calves–sound familiar? Not everything animal parents do is identical to human parents. For instance, the Panda bear commonly gives birth to two babies but she only raises one. Before you go thinking Panda moms are callous and cruel, it’s not that at all. Instead, out in the rough and tough wild mothering one baby requires all of the resources a Panda has to offer. Her decision boils down to one healthy baby or two weak babies. Not everything is bleak out in the wild, in fact few things are. It appears animals enjoy raising their young just as much as us furless humans! Check out these photos of the cutest parenting moments in the animal kingdom to see just how much fun animal families have living life on the wild side. This Polar [...]

Metro Art

June 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

A ride in a subway or metro isn’t always the most pleasant experience. They can be crowded, dirty and smelly. However, Stockholm’s commuters get to travel through pristine metro stations with surreal designs and stunning colors. In fact, the Swedish city’s metro stations are referred to as “the world’s longest art gallery,” according to The Guardian. The 68-mile tunnel system has 100 stations throughout the city, 90 of which are artistic masterpieces, the work of 150 artists. The project started in the 1950s when the metro station was opened. The Stockholm metro system is widely regarded as the most beautiful metro system in Europe. Photographer Conor MacNeill traveled from station to station to photograph the extravagant works of art, shooting late into the night and capturing them at their least occupied moments. “I think Solna Centrum [Station] is my favorite; that’s the one that looks like the depths of hell,” MacNeill told [...]

Calendars Run Anok

June 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

  People in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia are recalibrating their system of time to adapt to a changing ecosystem. A yak herd crosses the high-altitude plateau of the Little Pamir Mountains, on the borders of China, Tajikistan, and Pakistan. Photograph by Matthieu Paley By Karen Emslie PUBLISHED June 7, 2016 In the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia, time has stopped working. Communities in the region traditionally kept time by pegging it to environmental markers, such as melting snow or the first appearance of a migratory bird. But these “ecological calendars” have ceased to function properly due to the effects of climate change. An array of environmental shifts in the region, such as unusual weather events, untimely glacial melts, lake bursts, and changes in animal and bird migration patterns, have thrown the calendars so far off kilter that most villagers no longer use them, and they struggle to reliably predict cues for planning agricultural and cultural activities. [...]

Animal Survivors Rescued in Nepal

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Carrie Arnold The devastating human toll of the Nepal earthquake has been well documented, but the quake also wreaked havoc on many animals, which will make the return to normalcy for people that much harder. In rural Nepal, domestic animals are traditionally kept below the house, which means many were killed when their homes collapsed. So many rural survivors of the quake are now without a primary source of food and income. Many of the animal survivors, including pets, are left with no one to care for them. They’re in need of the same assistance as humans: food, water, and shelter. Humane Society International has dispatched a rescue team to provide emergency veterinary aid and care for the earthquake’s animal survivors, including  baby goats, cows, and dogs. The society and other relief organizations, such as the Animal Welfare Network of Nepal in Kathmandu, are working to provide the basic necessities to both people in Nepal and to their livestock and pets. Their [...]