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How the US Railway Wiped Out Passenger Pigeons (and Nearly Bison, Too)

The advent of widespread railway systems from the Industrial Revolution and beyond collapsed our notions of time and space, and it carved out entire industries —we of the 21st century have only the internet for comparison. It also swallowed entire species. Read More >>

How Saving an Endangered Bird Almost Doomed it Again

Have you ever heard of a copulation hat? Well, perhaps we should talk about human-assisted bird reproduction for a minute. Read More >>

New Ancient Evidence Confirms That Yes, An Asteroid Killed All the Dinosaurs

For most of us laypeople, it's an accepted truth the dinosaurs were wiped out by a big ol' asteroid that smashed into the Earth, easy as that. For scientists, however, there's always been some question as to whether or not that was actually the case. But some new revelations have proven that we dummies were right in our gross over-simplification all along. Read More >>

'Extinct' Giant Turtle Might Join Lonesome George As World's Rarest Creature

A giant tortoise species presumed extinct for more than 150 years is actually roaming the Galápagos islands today according to DNA evidence, scientists report. Read More >>

Massive Greenhouse Gases Killed the Earth Before and It Could Happen Again

Raging wildfires, acidified oceans and soaring temperatures likely caused a mass extinction 250 million years ago killing 95 per cent of the Earth's marine life and 70 per cent of terrestrial species. Read More >>

Giant Sea Sponge and Possible Eames Inspiration Rediscovered in Singapore

Doesn't this amazing sea sponge look like an Eames molded plastic chairs? We can't say for sure it was the design duo's inspiration, but we do know that until it was recently rediscovered, scientists thought "Neptune's cup" was extinct. Read More >>

The Day All Life on Earth Almost Ended

On August 12th, 1883, a pack of life-extinguishing comets came within a few hundred miles of slamming into the Earth, killing everything on the planet. Read More >>


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