Itsy Bitsy Spider: Fear of Spiders and Snakes is D..

We are not as far from nature as we often think: old instinctive fears are stil deep inside us. Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people. Even in developed countries lots of people are frightened of these… read more

Hidden Inca Treasure: Remarkable New Tree Discove..

Hidden in plain sight – that’s how researchers (from the Smithsonian and Wake Forest University) describe their discovery of a new genus of large forest tree commonly found, yet previously scientifically unknown, in the tropical Andes. Named Incadendron esseri (literally… read more

The relation between man and nature was never simp..

Sometimes it seems to be a fact that extiction of animals and plants caused by humans is a recent and western phenomenon. Environmental historian Verstegen gives 5 arguments, showing this is not always the case. Recent research shows that there… read more

Edible insects could cut harmful emissions

Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change by reducing emissions linked to livestock production, research suggests. Replacing half of the meat eaten worldwide with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third, substantially reducing emissions… read more

Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel

Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now… read more