Giant worms terrorized the ancient seafloor from hidden death traps

Gigantic predatory marine worms that lived about 20 million years ago ambushed their prey by leaping at them from underground tunnels in the sea bottom, new fossils from Taiwan reveal.  These monster worms may have been ancestors of trap-jawed modern Bobbit worms (Eunice aphroditois), which also hide in burrows under the ocean floor and can […]

Climate impacts on health and urban areas: Heatwaves and death rate

Over the last half-century, the probability of heat extreme events has changed by orders of magnitude in almost every region of the world, with occurrences that are now up to a hundred times more in respect to a century ago. Of all-natural disasters, extreme high temperature events are the main cause of weather-related mortality and […]

Climate impacts on health and urban areas: Heatwaves and death rate

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Over the last half-century, the probability of heat extreme events has changed by orders of magnitude in almost every region of the world, with occurrences that are now up to a hundred times more in respect to a century ago. Of all-natural disasters, extreme high temperature events are the main cause […]

Beyond ‘Surviving Death’: The real science of near-death experiences

Is there life after death? A new Netflix series claims to prove there is. But in doing so, the series relies on a confusing mishmash of fully debunked phenomena alongside matters of faith that aren’t in the realm of science, as well as questions that science truly hasn’t answered yet.  “Surviving Death” is based on […]

‘Joe the Pigeon’ gets reprieve from death, after leg band found to be fake

Australia’s avian celebrity Joe the Pigeon is getting a new lease on life after authorities determined he is not a biosecurity threat.  Joe’s story started last month when a man in Melbourne found the seemingly emaciated pigeon wearing a leg band in his backyard. According to Australia’s 9News, the man, Kevin Chelli-Bird, fed the bird […]

Zookeepers mourn death of world’s oldest orangutan

 The world’s oldest known orangutan, a 61-year-old Sumatran female called Inji, has died at her home at the Oregon Zoo.  Although her exact birth date is unknown, Inji had been at the zoo since 1961 and was suspected to be a 1-year-old at the time, according to a statement from the zoo. She was brought […]

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world’s insects

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. Climate change, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, invasive species and changes in agriculture and land use are causing Earth to lose probably 1% to 2% of its insects each year, said University of Connecticut […]

Sex Differences in Death After Stroke

IMAGE: Journal dedicated to the diseases and conditions that hold greater risk for or are more prevalent among women, as well as diseases that present differently in women view more  Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, December 22, 2020–Women were 39% more likely to die by 1 year after a first stroke. The […]