Tigers may need a ‘genetic rescue’

A "genetic rescue" involving the mating of different subspecies may offer the best way to save increasingly fragmented tiger populations.

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 22, 2021 ~7 min

Bee diversity keeps colonies healthy

The most diverse bee communities have the lowest levels of viral pathogens. "Promoting diverse bee communities may be a win-win strategy..."

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 18, 2021 ~7 min

Duckbill dinosaur’s skull solves long-standing crest mystery

An exceptionally well-preserved skull of the duckbill dinosaur Parasaurolophus solves mysteries of its signature crest and family tree.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Feb. 3, 2021 ~4 min

Bumble bees in places with fewer flowers are sicker

Bumble bees in low-quality landscapes with fewer flowers and places for nesting have more diseases and parasites, researchers say.

Chuck Gill-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 7, 2021 ~7 min

Decaying Red Sea tanker could be an oil spill time bomb

"The time is now to prevent a potential devastation to the region's waters and the livelihoods and health of millions of people..."

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~5 min

Two new fungi have a gruesome way to kill flies

Two newly discovered species of fungi infect flies and then get them to rain down spores to infect others before they die, researchers have found.

Katherina Killander-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Animal poop DNA could transform conservation

DNA in animal feces could help researchers get a picture of an entire ecosystem and the secondary effects of extinction or invasive species.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

In just 100 years, humans cut lions’ genetic diversity

In just 100 years, humans have had a significant impact on the genetic diversity of lions. "I was surprised... and disappointed," says James Derr.

Jennifer Gauntt - Texas A&M • futurity
Nov. 5, 2020 ~8 min

First plants appeared on land 460 million years ago

New research pins down when the first land plants appeared on Earth, confirming what earth scientists have suspected.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Nov. 4, 2020 ~4 min

Climate change threatens the birds people love most

"The birds that people find charismatic and lovable are the ones living in the areas being deforested and dried out as the planet warms."

Sarah Cafasso - Stanford • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min