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Lifeform of the week: Rats

The secret life of urban rats.

Image via NASA.

Probably no La Niña in late 2016

An extremely strong El Niño was in progress earlier this year. Historically, some are followed by a La Niña, but ocean temps suggest … not this year.

Image via bikeroar

August 2016 ties July for hottest month

The record-warm August continues a streak of 11 consecutive months that have set new monthly high-temperature records.

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What if all of Earth’s ice melted?

What would Earth be like if all of its ice melted? New short video from the guys at AsapSCIENCE, featuring Bill Nye.

European earthworm species Lumbricus terrestris. Image courtesy of Simone Cesarz.

Earthworm invaders alter northern forests

Native plant diversity in forests of northern North America is declining due to an invasion by earthworms introduced hundreds of years ago from Europe.

A Livingston Parish deputy sheriff surveys flood damage from a boat on August 15, 2016.  Image courtesy of Rapides County Sheriff's Office

Climate change’s role in Louisiana floods

After a rapid assessment, scientists have concluded that climate change increased chances of the August record rains in Louisiana by at least 40%.

Adonis, a Bosnian pine, more than 1,075 years old, living in the alpine forests of the Pindos mountains in northern Greece. Image via Dr. Oliver Konter, Mainz

This is Europe’s oldest living tree

The scientists who discovered it in the highlands of northern Greece named it Adonis, for the Greek god of beauty and desire. It’s more than 1,000 years old.

Image Credit: Don DeBold

Lifeform of the week: Skunks

Evolutionary biology can explain skunks’ striking appearance, but only chemistry can get rid of the smell.

Humpback whale, via NOAA

A comeback for humpback whales

The international moratorium on whale-hunting is still in place, but – good news – some whales are coming off the U.S. endangered species list.

A sample from the 3.7-billion-year-old stromatolite fossils. The stromatolites are small wave-like mounds in this image. Image via Allen P. Nutman/ Nature.

3.7-billion-year-old fossils show early life

Earth’s earliest lifeforms were single-celled microbes. The new fossil discovery places them on Earth even earlier than previously thought.