Unlike human engineering, which aims for optimal efficiency, failsafe design, and continual progress, evolution has no point. "Whatever works!" might be considered its rallying cry. This leads to some stunning examples of apparently gross and, from a human point of view, tragic waste. To illustrate, I give you the turtles of Heron Island.
From a sea creature's detachable, swimming penis to violent bedbug sex, this is a tour of the animal kingdom as you've never seen it before. What can we learn about a species from how it has sex? Let's get it on
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusua...
The cameraman featured in the Oscar-nominated film Chasing Ice has captured a lot more than ice with his lens.
Why are we so afraid to let our kids play outside, when we know that such activity is vital for their physical and mental health? Our fears are so extreme that in a few cases, parents have been arrested for allowing their children to play outside unattended. My mother would have been sent to jail on an almost daily basis.
The filmmakers capture experiences most of us are unlikely to be near in our lifetimes. Among the memorable scenes is that of an avalanche that occurs very near the bears on their way down the snowy mountain.
As the warmth of the season beckons us outdoors, many pet and plant lovers are caught in the crossroads -- is it possible to intertwine a love for nature while meeting the needs of our beloved domestics? The short answer is yes -- with a little bit of ingenuity!
People roll their eyes at comparisons of dogs to children, and I support this exasperation -- in theory. At the same time, in my heart of hearts, I know that our dog has profoundly influenced my experience as a mother.
Some people are great achievers. They have numerous interests and can always be found working on one stimulating project or another.
Many of us have seen opossums lumbering through our yards, or, more often, dead on the side of the road. But very few people have actually seen an opossum's pouch (called a marsupium) in action!
I am Cejas Van Ostrand. I am a dog. I am a writer, too. I am the only dog in history ever admitted into the National Society of Newspaper Columnist...
For the animals in Mancora, the situation is abysmal:Hungry dogs roam the street, half limping as they go because they were hit by a moto taxi; emaciated cats, always seemingly pregnant, search for anything to eat. This is the daily scene in the market.
Growing up, I always had family pets, but Jack is the first pet that is really all mine. He has been one of my best friends for the better part of 10 ...
Isolation, challenging environment, the allure of a biological blank slate -- what's not to love? I found it impossible to explore Heron Island in Australia without coming up against evolutionary questions at every turn.
The mother of these two tiny orphans probably thought she had found the perfect spot to raise her little ones-- a cozy tube perched securely on wires atop a tall pole.
I am the proud dog-parent of two rescues, Boo Radley and Maisey Mae, which many of you have come to know through my various posts on Facebook and Yout...