Elephant Calves Have Been Found Buried – What Does That Mean?

The myth of elephant graveyards has pervaded popular culture, and recent observations of buried Asian elephant calves may finally give that legend some credence. In the research published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa, two scientists describe five instances where elephant calves have been found buried in a legs-upright position within irrigation trenches of tea … Read moreElephant Calves Have Been Found Buried – What Does That Mean?

Fermented Foods Sustain Both Microbiomes And Cultural Heritage

Many people around the world make and eat fermented foods. Millions in Korea alone make kimchi. The cultural heritage of these picklers shape not only what they eat every time they crack open a jar but also something much, much smaller: their microbiomes. On the microbial scale, we are what we eat in very real … Read moreFermented Foods Sustain Both Microbiomes And Cultural Heritage

A Book’s Vital Warning About How Forests Shape Human History

The thirty-four-year history of A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization, has been an epic tale of repeated consignments to oblivion, followed by dramatic rescues. First published in 1989 by W.W. Norton, author John Perlin looked at the rise and fall of civilizations through the lens of the forests that … Read moreA Book’s Vital Warning About How Forests Shape Human History

“Extremely Active” Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Be In Store This Year

From June through to November each year, the Atlantic witnesses its hurricane season, when powerful tropical storms are most likely to occur in the basin. This year’s season, however, is set to be an “extremely active” one according to new predictions from Colorado State University (CSU) forecasters. The team has predicted a total of 23 … Read more“Extremely Active” Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Be In Store This Year

Engraved Bone Of Prehistoric Bear Is The Oldest Example Of Neanderthal Culture

Some time between 115,000 and 130,000 years ago, a Neanderthal living in a cave in Poland etched a series of markings into a bear bone. Despite consisting of just 17 lines, the engravings converted the bone into one of the oldest known symbolic items in Europe and one of the earliest to be associated with … Read moreEngraved Bone Of Prehistoric Bear Is The Oldest Example Of Neanderthal Culture

The Pacific Sleeper Shark: New Insights Into A Mysterious Marine Predator

Despite being one of the largest predatory fish in the ocean and having a range that spans throughout the Pacific, little is known about the Pacific sleeper shark. In an effort to tackle the most pressing gaps in our knowledge – and thus how the species can be conserved – a team of scientists has … Read moreThe Pacific Sleeper Shark: New Insights Into A Mysterious Marine Predator

Do We Need To Worry About Acrylamide In Our Food Causing Cancer?

Every so often, a molecule called acrylamide works its way back into the public sphere of attention, usually with warnings in tow about its presence in food and the apparent dangers it poses to our health. But how much of this is true, and should we be worried about it? What is acrylamide? Acrylamide is … Read moreDo We Need To Worry About Acrylamide In Our Food Causing Cancer?