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Snake Robots Crack Mystery of How Reptiles Climb Dunes

High-speed video and customized “snakebots” have revealed that a desert snake uses a highly unique slither to climb sandy hills, a new study says.

5 Myths About China and the Environment

Text and photos by Sean Gallagher I have spent the past seven years traveling across China, documenting some of the most pressing crises affecting the world’s most populous nation. I’ve climbed glaciers, ridden across deserts, crawled through wetlands, and walked through sandstorms, all in an effort to try to understand the complex environmental issues facing…

Why Female Flies Eat Sperm

Female Ulidiid flies expel and eat ejaculate as a way to control who will father their offspring, a new study says.

Tucson BioBlitz Transect: Walking Across the Desert

As part of the 2011 BioBlitz in Saguaro National Park, NG Explorer-in-Residence J. Michael Fay walked some 70 miles over seven days on a transect across park and city, noting all the plants and animals along the way. Experience the whole exhilarating journey for yourself.

Arizona’s Saguaro National Park to host BioBlitz 2011

Saguaro National Park, bordering Tucson, Arizona, has been named as the host site for the 2011 National Park Service/National Geographic BioBlitz, scheduled for October 21 and 22, 2011. “Part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom, BioBlitz is a two-day celebration of biodiversity centered on a 24-hour race to count species. During the BioBlitz,…

Lake Chad to be fully protected as international wetlands

Cameroon is about to recognize its portion of Lake Chad as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, the Switzerland-based conservation charity WWF said today. WWF, which partnered with the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the Ramsar Convention and the Global Environment Facility on projects in Lake Chad and with the governments on achieving…

South Africa’s Karoo Heartland Discovered

South Africa’s Karoo region is a sprawling heartland that separates the grasslands and industrial northern and eastern parts of the country from the vineyards and craggy coastal belt of the Cape. Travelers speeding by road or rail between Cape Town and Johannesburg see little more than scrubland broken by flattop hills South Africans call koppies. Small towns flash by, seemingly assembled from a standard construction…