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Moths do the pollinator night shift – and they work harder than daytime insects

Wildfocusphoto/ShutterstockWhen you settle down for bed, after the birds and bees have hushed, moths are just starting their work. You might only see them bobbing around street lights at night, but they actually spend most of their time visiting flowers,…

Bushmeat could cause the next global pandemic

Mona monkeys are among the many species often hunted for food. Neja Hrovat / shutterstock Using the tip of my boot, I pushed the charred and blackened hand back into the fire and watched as vivid flames engulfed the limb,…

The Irish Pigged Out on Pork in a ‘Mammoth’ Iron Age Building

In many of the world’s most memorable holiday traditions, communities gather around a large pile of meat—whether it’s turkey and roast ham, seven kinds of seafood, or haggis to honor the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Recently, scientists analyzed dozens of…

The alarming trend of beached whales filled with plastic, explained

Workers move a sperm whale that washed ashore in Italy this week. Local researchers found that the whale had eaten numerous plastic items. | Carmelo Isgrò/Facebook The whales that were found washed ashore are just the tip of the iceberg….

When the Māori First Settled New Zealand, They Hunted Flightless, 500-Pound Birds

When one thinks about iconic New Zealand birds, the one that comes to mind is invariably the fuzzy brown kiwi. But lost to time is another bird, one that long ago loomed over the chicken-sized kiwi. Enter the moa: nine…

Farim Salt

Between November and May, the salt harvesters of Farim gather by the dry riverbed of the receding Cacheu river, hunched over the soil, collecting it from around the mangroves. The long, exhausting, and largely women-led labor of making salt untouched by…