Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:44 AM Jan 25 2017
Nature // 

There's a new crab in town, and it's no muggle. A paper published Monday in ZooKeys described the recently identified crab Harryplax severus, named after two Harry Potter characters.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:44 AM Jan 25 2017
Nature // 

Caspian tigers once roamed all over Central Asia, ranging from modern day Turkey to northwestern China. The huge cats stalked through tall reeds and shrubbery, hunting boar and deer. But in the first half of the 1900s, hunting and poisoning decimated the subspecies, and the Soviet Union's agriculture projects drained the tiger's swampy terrain to grow cotton and other crops. Disappearing habitats and food sources had wiped the Caspian tiger off the map by the 1950s.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017
Nature // 

We like to think that human speech is special. It defines our species and separates us from those animals that we'd rather think of as inferior. The trouble is that it's difficult to know when and how human speech arose because “language expressed via speech leaves no fossils behind.”

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017
Nature // 

California is usually drenched with sunlight. But this week, it's just drenched. A series of storms have pummeled the state, dropping staggering quantities of rain and snow—leading to flooding, mudslides, and a whole lot of water pouring into reservoirs that were just about dried out. But is it enough to end the state's persistent drought?

Sarah Fecht
at 10:39 AM Jan 12 2017
Nature // 

The population of rusty patched bumblebees has declined by 87 percent since the 1990s. It is just one of many species suffering in the global pollination crisis.

Rachel Feltman
at 10:34 AM Jan 10 2017
Nature // 

A mysterious, potentially deadly neurotoxin that poisons humans by way of shellfish has now been linked to warming ocean waters. The new findings could help fisheries predict spikes of this substance in their catches, allowing them to protect human consumers and mitigate their own financial losses. But one question remains unanswered: as climate change edges ocean temperatures higher and higher, will blooms of the dangerous neurotoxin follow suit?

Sara Chodosh
at 10:34 AM Jan 10 2017
Nature // 

For a pectoral sandpiper, summer lovin' means a sexual escapade around the Arctic circle. New research suggests that their risqué mating seasons—which generally include at least one snowy romp per night—require male birds to flit far and wide to find a wide variety of partners.

 
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