The World Looks Unsurprisingly Depressing After A Mass Extinction

The World Looks Unsurprisingly Depressing After A Mass Extinction

We are currently facing Earth’s sixth mass extinction – nice one, humans. So, researchers have looked at the world’s previous mass extinctions to catch a glimpse of what the planet’s biodiversity looks like after these cataclysmic events. It turns out, it’s unsurprisingly depressing, at least in the short-term. Mass extinctions obliterate much of the world’s biodiversity, leaving…

Much-Maligned Wasp Named After Supposedly "Redeemed" Harry Potter Villain

Much-Maligned Wasp Named After Supposedly "Redeemed" Harry Potter Villain

The worlds of literature and science often collide, and in recent years none more so than in naming interesting, exotic, and mostly tiny beasties after characters from JK Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series. There’s Harryplax severus, the crab, Eriovixia Gryffindori, the “sorting hat” spider, Ampulex dementor, the wasp, and of course Lycosa aragogi, a not-quite-as-menacing-as…

Cone Snails Are Really Weird, But They Might Save Your Life Some Day

Cone Snails Are Really Weird, But They Might Save Your Life Some Day

There are very few good ideas that nature hasn’t already worked out. Take, for example, the humble cone snail. It might look like just an ugly grabby thing poking out of a pretty shell, but researchers believe these carnivorous sea creatures could help scientists make some big biomedical breakthroughs in the future. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards…

Lusius Malfoyi: Much-Maligned Wasp Named After “Redeemed” Harry Potter Villain

Lusius Malfoyi: Much-Maligned Wasp Named After “Redeemed” Harry Potter Villain

The worlds of literature and science often collide, and in recent years none more so than in naming interesting, exotic, and mostly tiny beasties after characters from JK Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series. There’s Harryplax severus, the crab, Eriovixia Gryffindori, the “sorting hat” spider, Ampulex dementor, the wasp, and of course Lycosa aragogi, a not-quite-as-menacing-as…

Scientists Just Completed An "Atlas Of Life" For The World

Scientists Just Completed An "Atlas Of Life" For The World

Scientists have completed a catalog of the world’s reptiles, meaning we now have an atlas of all vertebrates on Earth. Published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, the research was led by the University of Oxford and Tel Aviv University. Previously thought impossible, experts on lizards and snakes helped map some of the most poorly known regions…

It's Monday, So We Can All Relate To This Fox Right Now

It's Monday, So We Can All Relate To This Fox Right Now

The curse of Mondays is unavoidable. It’s so strong, it seems, even the craftiest and most cunning creatures of the animal kingdom cannot escape it. Last Monday, this not-so-fantastic-Mr Fox was found dangling upside from the bush, just a whisker away from the water, on the Hythe Military Canal in Kent, UK. How it got…

Right Whales In The Wrong Places Astonish Biologists

Right Whales In The Wrong Places Astonish Biologists

We don’t know much about pygmy right whales but two things biologists were sure of were that they are the smallest of all living whales and that they are restricted to the Southern Hemisphere. Now, however, we know that the latter is wrong, as pygmy right whale bones have been discovered in Italy and Japan. Since Caperea…