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Holding the Cosmos in Our Hands

“The seed comes from the tree, the tree comes from the seed. It’s like the chicken and the egg. If people want to understand it, they will break the seed apart — they will actually kill it — to see the cells, the chromosomes and the genetics. There is another way to look at this. I plant a seed and a miracle happens — something new is born out of this carbohydrate and protein, a new life is born. This is a miracle, you see? The miracle of life.”

Ascension Island: Pristine Seas Heads to the Mountains!

We are headed to Ascension Island, a tiny volcanic island in the South Atlantic, midway between Brazil and Africa. It’s a powerful place where the deep sea and remote mountains collide, leaving the island as the small visible tip of a massive 3,200-meter mountain.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #88

The Wild Bird Trust presents the 88th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”. Thank you to all contributing photographers and all WildBird! revolutionaries! To submit your photo for selection in the Top 25, please post your image on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page with details on species, location and…

So You Want to Fly Drones for Conservation?

The latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography. In the recent past, drones have exploded into the public eye. A subject of constant controversy, they summon debates about personal privacy, the dynamics of political…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #87

The Wild Bird Trust proudly presents the 87th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”. These weekly selections form the back bone of the WildBird! Revolution which is all about celebrating and sharing the beauty of birds. Thank you to the talented and patient photographers who submitted their incredible snapshots of…

Second Cave Chamber Reveals Spectacular New Homo Naledi Skull and More

New papers published today in ELife shed new light on the age of this mysterious member of our family and reveal that a second chamber contains the remains of at least three more individuals, including the most complete Homo naledi skull yet found.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #86

The Wild Bird Trust is excited to present the 86th edition of “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! Thank you to all the photographers and bird lovers who have contributed their incredible photographs and to all of you for joining the Wild Bird! Revolution, Viva! Our mission is to build a global community…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #85

April has come to an end and we are a third of the way through 2017. As another month passes and the change of seasons is upon us, it is a good time to reflect on the year thus far. What have you accomplished? What have been your challenges? What have been the highlights? Any…

A Win for Both Nature and Fishermen in Mauritius

Last year, the Mauritian government, in partnership with local NGOs and Smartfish, led the first national octopus fishing closure for two months of the year. It went … swimmingly.

Nature Is Making a Comeback. It’s Time to Celebrate.

Legendary conservation biologist Tom Lovejoy shares his thoughts on the progress we’ve made in protecting the wild, and the reasons for continued hope as the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit gets under way.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #84

Yet another week of 2017 has flown by and with that comes our Friday treat – The Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #84! Thank you to all the bird lovers and photographers across the globe who have contributed so wonderfully to this movement. You and your beautiful photographs are what drive the…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #83

The Wild Bird Trust is proud to present the 83rd edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”. Each week we are overwhelmed by the quantity and calibre of photographs we receive from photographers from around the world. This makes the job of selecting the Top 25 as difficult as it is…

Amidst congressional criticism, archaeologists take aim at the world’s big questions

If scientists are able to understand how climate change and human impacts helped to drive the extinction of these ancient American megafauna, she says, perhaps we can figure out ways to mitigate the global-scale extinction crisis we find ourselves in today.

Okavango Team Arrives at Camp, Following Plan B(ee)

What a journey, but we have arrived! After tackling our way through the forest, many fallen trees in the road, we have arrived at the source lake of the Cuito river. The team has jumped to it and put together our camp to be able to survey the underwater environment of this pristine freshwater system. And as we expected our friends the bees were waiting for us in extraordinary numbers, making working and moving in this place extremely difficult, everyone has had their first stings.

Gallopin’ Gargoyles! New Stone-Like Frog Species Discovered

The discovery of the stone leaf-litter frog is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the unknown biodiversity of these forests. It’s a race against time to discover the creatures that live in these mysterious forests and to ensure that they still have their forest homes in the future.