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Strange and Wonderful Animals Explored

Look at what scientists are learning about some common animals, and others not so common.

Amazonia Not Pristine

The tropical rainforests of Brazil, once thought to be pristine habitats of noble savages, show evidence of mass reworking by humans for millennia.

Non-Darwinian Biological Change

Scientists find many examples of biological change that do not fit the mutation-selection paradigm.

Take a Forest Bath

Science supports a Japanese tradition of "forest bathing" for mental refreshment and overall well-being.

Trees Reduce Stress

Stressed out by politics or work? Take a walk in the park under the trees. It's a proven remedy.

Tropical Trees Found in Antarctica

Fossilized stumps of tropical trees show that Antarctica was once forested.

Invisible Influence of Plants Coming to Light

The air is filled with substances we barely notice – molecules produced by plants – but they have profound effects on climate and ecology.

Underwater Forest Discovered: How Old?

Sixty feet down in Gulf waters off the coast of Alabama, stumps of an old cypress forest have appeared.  How can they be 52,000 years old when the wood still smells like cypress? The discovery was reported by Live Science.  It includes a five-minute video tour of the area which the discoverers are keeping secret […]

Felicitous Fossils Facilitate Phylogenetic Fabling

Here are some recent fossil finds that, whether they fit or not, are claimed to shed light on evolution.

Scientific Findings Can Be Counterintuitive

Here are examples of recent claims in science that seem to contradict what some would consider intuitively obvious. They should be kept in mind when evaluating other scientific truisms, like evolution.