From a dancing sifaka to color-changing chameleons and loads of lemurs, this island is full of wacky life.
Biodiversity is a contraction of the phrase "biological diversity," and refers to the variability of life within a species (judged by the variations in its genetic makeup), an ecosystem, a region and even across the planet. The biodiversity of the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, would include the terrestrial species found in the rainforest, the birds that fly in its skies and the aquatic creatures that swim in the Amazon River. But one could also examine the biodiversity of the Amazon River itself. Biodiversity varies widely across the globe, from places of high biodiversity, such as rainforests and coral reefs, and areas of lower biodiversity, such as agricultural fields. High biodiversity is often considered a sign of a healthy ecosystem, and many conservation efforts are aimed preserving biodiversity. Read below for stories on studies of biodiversity.
War is good for absolutely nothing, according to musician Edwin Starr. A demilitarized zone, on the other hand, can be great for wildlife.
The British Antarctic Survey is taking planetary protection measures to be the next to reach a subglacial lake.
A new study based on data collected over the last 100 years shows that many of the species unique to the Andes-Amazon basin of Peru and Bolivia lack vital national-level protection.
Lynn Kimsey, who discovered the new species known as the "warrior wasp," and several hundred others, answers the 10 ScienceLives questions.
Extinction levels from habitat loss may not be as bad as predicted, as evidenced by a lack of observed extinctions.