What Will Replace Insects When They're Gone?

What Will Replace Insects When They're Gone?

This story is adapted from The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World, by Oliver Milman.If the fall of insects’ tiny empires causes whole ecosystems to unravel, toppling previously solid certainties about the way our world functions, what then.

The Butterfly of Spring: Meet the Mourning Cloak

The Butterfly of Spring: Meet the Mourning Cloak

In some places you can find mourning cloak butterflies throughout the year, but after a long winter, the first sighting of one can be the earliest sign of spring.“You don’t usually have a butterfly that can live for almost an entire year as an adult,” says Blobaum.

How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide

How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide

When space is as empty as possible and can’t possibly lose more energy, it exists in what physicists call a “true” vacuum state.Since they can’t prod actual vacuum bubbles in the multiverse, physicists have sought digital and physical analogs of them.

Sun-Loving Bacteria May Be Accelerating Glacial Melting

Sun-Loving Bacteria May Be Accelerating Glacial Melting

“What the paper found is that this sediment would not be there without the fact that there's bacteria growing in the sediment and clumping it together so it can't be washed away.” More dark grit, then, could be absorbing more of the sun’s energy, and accelerating the melting of the ice sheet.

50 Fish, 50 States: Cutthroat Connections

50 Fish, 50 States: Cutthroat Connections

I’m in Wyoming with my friend Brett Prettyman, a communications director for Trout Unlimited, to check out cutthroat fishing and conservation.

106 Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

106 Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

The products are plant-based, smell fantastic, and are much more sustainable overall than buying new plastic bottles every month.Kinflyte's garments are made of recycled polyester knits from post-consumer plastic bottles, so they're eco-friendly too.

50 Fish, 50 States: Yellowstone’s Native Fish

50 Fish, 50 States: Yellowstone’s Native Fish

We essentially recognized that stocking westslope cutthroat and grayling in the Upper Gibbon was assisting their adaptation to climate change, and ensuring a future for native fish in the park for generations to come.”.

How the Venus Flytrap ‘Remembers’ When It Captures Prey

How the Venus Flytrap ‘Remembers’ When It Captures Prey

Back in 2016, a team of German scientists discovered that the Venus flytrap can actually "count" the number of times something touches its hair-lined leaves—an ability that helps the plant distinguish between the presence of prey and a small nut or stone, or even a dead insect.

The Pence-Harris Debate Is Over—but Let’s Talk About the Fly

The Pence-Harris Debate Is Over—but Let’s Talk About the Fly

Of all the things that could happen txo derail the internet discourse around a vice presidential debate, having a fly swoop in and steal the show has got to be the most apropos for 2020.For those actually on the internet, though, it also felt like 2012, like all those Twitter jokesters who felt like they hadn’t been given a political alley-oop since “binders full of women” suddenly awoke from an eight-year weed nap and got to work.

50 Fish, 50 States: Silver Creek Preserve

50 Fish, 50 States: Silver Creek Preserve

© Hamilton Wallace / TNC I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a means to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world.I’ve fished the trico hatch on Silver Creek numerous times.

The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'

The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'

Janelia researchers announced a major step in that quest on Wednesday, releasing a wiring diagram of the fly brain that contains 25,000 neurons and the 20 million connections between them.Rubin hopes wiring diagrams such as this one, showing neurons involved in navigation, will give researchers a better sense of how brain circuits work.

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

Last spring, students at Hinsdale Central High School discovered six vaping detectors in bathrooms and locker rooms around campus.Administrators tried making students take online courses if they were caught with ecigarettes; they talked to law enforcement; the Village of Hinsdale even passed an ordinance that would make it easier for officers to ticket minors caught with the devices.

50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

The quest rewarded: Greenback cutthroat trout at 11,000 feet © Matt Miller I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a means to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world.

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Several of the people buried in the pit had much more tooth decay than the rest of the Yaroslavl dead, which actually suggests that they were pretty well-off.

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News. An invasive bug is destroying vineyards at an alarming rate, Apple contractors are listening to your Siri conver­sations, and we've got the earbuds for your next workout.

This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards

This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards

The effects have been devastating for the Pennsylvania wine industry , where some growers have reported a 90 percent grape loss due to lanternfly damage.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

50 Fish, 50 States: A Conservation Journey

50 Fish, 50 States: A Conservation Journey

Largescale sucker © Ben Cantrell I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a way to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world. Miller / TNC Pyramid Lake once teemed with monstrous fish, a subspecies known as the Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken Over the World—Yet

Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken Over the World—Yet

“You look across the electrification of cars, trucks—it’s buses that are leading this revolution,” says David Warren, the director of sustainable transportation at the bus manufacturer New Flyer.

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

More than a year and a half after some MacBook owners began vociferously complaining about broken MacBook keyboards, Apple is making what it says is a material change in the keyboards in its high-end MacBook Pro laptops.

New Balance's New Shoes Give You a Speedier, Bouncier Mile

New Balance's New Shoes Give You a Speedier, Bouncier Mile

This past September, Jenny Simpson headed out in the rain to the start of the 5th Avenue Mile road race with two pairs of running shoes in her bag.

The Surprising Fireflies of the Western US

The Surprising Fireflies of the Western US

She’s the museum’s bug expert and is using science to connect with rural communities by collecting firefly sightings from all over Utah, the second driest state in the nation.

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

It’s the biggest monarch butterfly breeding site the U.S. Forest Service manages in the Intermountain West. What you plant in your garden and flowerbeds this growing season will help or hinder pollinators, including monarchs. Everyone can help.” A monarch caterpillar eats a leaf on a butterfly milkweed plant.

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

But even though he shared multiple vantage points, the images that always performed best on social media were those taken from a single spot: high over Harlem, looking south over Central Park, the skyscrapers of Midtown, and Downtown Manhattan, with the East and Hudson Rivers converging at the top of the frame.

One Square Meter of Prairie

One Square Meter of Prairie

Photo © Chris Helzer / TNC I was thrilled to photograph two different monarch butterflies inside the plot, the more so because of their current population declines.

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

As the mission's principle investigator Alan Stern puts it: "In the days following the flyby, Ultima Thule's going to become a real thing, then a real thing with a shape, then a real thing with geology." Here's when to expect what:January 1, 7:00 am PT / 10:00 am ET: By this time, New Horizons' mission scientists will expect to have heard from the probe about its health and whether the mission was successful.

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Recognizing the urgent need for more action, the World Bank Group announced new and ambitious targets for our climate work with developing countries at COP24, this month’s global climate change conference in Katowice, Poland.

A Bug-Like Robot Uses Electricity to Walk Upside Down

A Bug-Like Robot Uses Electricity to Walk Upside Down

“The idea is with three legs on the ground, it's always statically stable,” says Wyss roboticist Neel Doshi, coauthor on a Science Robotics paper describing HAMR’s new power.About that static: Think of the robot as sticking to the surface like a magnet, only the forces here are electric.

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google's Sundar Pichai

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google's Sundar Pichai

At the time, Google's support page claimed that "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." After the AP report was published, the company updated the language to say, "Your settings for other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device, are not changed." This impacts Android users and iPhone users who have the Google Maps app.Google said it collects this data to "improve people’s experience" and allows people to delete this history whenever they want.

Three Great New Nature Reference Guides

Three Great New Nature Reference Guides

Johns Hopkins University Press has emerged as one of the leading publishers of nature reference guides. The book also includes detailed accounts of all the world’s owl families, plus a checklist of all species.