"Make no mistake: The War on Science is going to affect you, whether you're a scientist or not." Executive Director Jon Foley on inclusive, positive, forward-thinking ways to win it: calacade.my/2lxm59z.
Seven Earth-sized planets—3 in the habitable zone—found orbiting a star just 40 light-years away. "Here, if life managed to thrive & releases gases similar to what we have on Earth, we will know." calacade.my/2m8Fdhm
Incredible, synchronized courtship displays from one of the rarest bird species in the world—the story of Hokkaido's red-crowned cranes (Grus japonensis), from bioGraphic & photographer Danny Green: calacade.my/2l06ldl.
“Gazing in awe at a masterpiece crafted by nature"—the discoverers of an underwater cave off the coast of France packed with super-dense populations of (endangered) Mediterranean red coral describe their first sighting. Via National Geographic: calacade.my/2ma5TuS.
How does a gecko regard you? Any way it wants, thanks to microscopic keratin bristles that actually increase Van der Waals forces between its feet and climbing surfaces. That's a lotta wonder in a tiny emerald package. (Photo by Kinsey B.)
The town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is about to launch its 1,000 Acre Pollinator Initiative—a refuge for native bees (& butterflies) in a state where "99.9 percent of all native habitat has been lost." Via Popular Science: calacade.my/2m1KKTk.
New Zealand may be more than an island nation—some geologists argue it's actually the tip of an almost entirely submerged 8th continent: Zealandia. Via BBC News: calacade.my/2kO9YmH.
It's time for (endangered) seagrass meadows to get some respect. Carl Zimmer on a plant that doesn't just shelter fish & filter out pollutants, but actually combats pathogens that threaten humans & coral reefs alike: calacade.my/2m5YRXa.
Celebrating the illustrations of French astronomer Étienne Trouvelot (1827-1895)—now available for public download thanks to the NYPL The New York Public Library: calacade.my/2kLf1UM.
Happy Day—a perfect opportunity to show off Tony Wu's incredible photo-essay for (Academy-powered) bioGraphic magazine.
"Kiss-squeak" science! Study of 5,000 orangutan calls may offer insight into how early humans formed their first words. From BBC News: calacade.my/2ltk2G0.
Just in time for dinner, the story of agricultural entrepreneurs who want to solve Earth's livestock-feed crisis by farming insect larvae. "Maggot Revolution," from bioGraphic & writer/photographer Gloria Dickie: calacade.my/2lsnH6q.
Happy #DayOfFacts! Academy scientists from a wide range of fields are all-in today. bit.ly/1qErCLh
Butterfly species aren't the only new flutter-ers circling our rainforest these days; watch for day-time marvels like this African moon moth. (Photo by Bart Shepherd.)
How do you build a butterfly wing? If you're UC Berkeley's Patel Lab, you start by opening a tiny, literal window in developing pupas. Via bioGraphic & Spine Films: calacade.my/2lcNVYw.
How many biologists does it take to give a 14-foot, 85-pound anaconda her check-up? We count 7, led by Academy veterinarian Freeland Dunker.
How do you get butterflies excited? Change out their feeding plates. Tim Wong—the biologist behind some of the loveliest images we share—demonstrates the delight of being chased by lepidopterans. ( by Holly.)
We won't argue the intricacies of yowl vs. roar, but this Siberian snow leopard's "love song" deserves to delight your ears right now: calacade.my/2leQATQ.
Love is in the air, for all kinds of species! The Getty Museum just declared their lonely countess the perfect match for our prince-in-training/waxy monkey tree frog. May they live happily ever after. calacade.my/2kHEK0Y
Happy Valentine's Day, humans! Catch the wonder of the waddle in our African Penguin colony (part of the Species Survival Plan program), where 7 bonded pairs are picking up fuzzy, felt valentines to line their nests. ❤ ❤