Latest Blair Hedges Stories
European Renaissance printers probably knew they were recording history for future generations, but what they didn’t realize is that they were also recording events related to biological history.
In a recent scientific publication, 24 new species of lizards known as skinks, all found on the Caribbean islands, have been discovered and named. Each year, in dozens of scientific publications, approximately 130 new species of reptiles from all over the world are added to the global count.
Amphibian experts have long wrangled over the origins of the Greenhouse frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris) and the Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis).
The scientists who put an innovative tree of life online last year now have made that same resource available -- free -- for smartphones.
A team of scientists discovered that blindsnakes are one of the few groups of organisms that inhabited Madagascar when it broke from India about 100 million years ago and are still living today.
The world's smallest species of snake, with adults averaging just under four inches in length, has been identified on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
Antique book collectors might want to read up on genetic mutations before determining the age of an undated find. A Penn State biology professor with a passion for old prints and maps says he has found a new way to date centuries-old books by using a technique similar to what scientists use to study mutations.
- The analysis of literature, focusing on the words and grammar to the exclusion of context or literary merit.