Marine sanctuaries, shark hoaxes & an epic elephant lost
This week in our roundup of nature news: Kenya’s biggest tusker killed by poachers, an update on the battle to save Africa’s oldest national park, a great white hoax and plans for the world’s largest marine sanctuary. All those stories and more wrapped up in just two minutes.
As there is so much attention on Brazil’s World Cup, we’ve focused on Brazil’s amazing wildlife. Can you guess what Brazilian animal featured in this video? Thanks to Bristol Zoo for letting us film at their facility.
Chemical engineers and biophysicists have successfully tracked single molecules inside living cells with carbon nanotubes. Through this new method, they found that cells stir their interiors using the same motor proteins that serve in muscle contraction.
Meet the paleontologists who helped create the Museum’s new exhibition, “Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs,” and learn about the latest cutting-edge technology that researchers are using to study pterosaurs, the flying reptiles that lived from about 220 and 66 million years ago.
Mark Norell, curator in the Museum’s Division of Paleontology, and Alexander Kellner, Associate Professor at the Museu Nacional in Brazil, have led expeditions to the most remote areas of the planet. And yet, discovering bones that have been buried for millions of years is just one aspect of their job.
Paleontology has traditionally combined a number of disciplines, including earth history, geology and biology. Many paleontologists today spend more hours in computer labs than they do in the field. Michael Habib, a neurobiology professor at the University of Southern California who consulted on the exhibition, applies principles of engineering and biology to understand how pterosaurs might have flown and behaved.
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs is on view from April 5, 2014, through January 4, 2015. Learn more about the exhibition at http://www.amnh.org/pterosaurs
If you’re a fan of sushi, or and ocean enthusiast, you have probably noticed that fish come in just about every color! Why is this? Tara and Trace list out all factors that give a fish it’s colorful appearance.
The Million Women Study: Understanding Women’s Health
The most comprehensive study of women’s health in modern history has yielded some surprising results. Professor Dame Beral presents these findings and advises on healthcare and lifestyle.
The Million Women Study, a national study of women’s health in collaboration with Cancer Research UK and the National Health Service, aims to answer many outstanding questions about the factors affecting women’s health.