Oceanography and coastal sciences professor Michael Polito and graduate student Rachael Herman embarked on a one-month journey to the Antarctic Peninsula in December to research how certain penguin species adapt to their environments.
The Independent: The Antarctic has a population of 4,000 – but what does it take to work in a wilderness of 70-knot winds and marauding penguins?
A century after the heroic age of Antarctic exploration – this year marks the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition – thousands of people now earn their living on Antarctica, treading in Shackleton’s footsteps every day, on their way to work. From sailors to scientists, conservationists to climbing instructors, they pursue their professions on… Read More
Scientists know all about the sophisticated calendars and writing system of the Maya, as well as their ritual sacrifices. But as for exactly what caused the the ancient civilization to collapse around 900 A.D., that’s long been a bit of a mystery. Now a team of researchers from Rice University and Louisiana State University think… Read More
Humans have already discovered some 2 million different animal species on this planet, but some estimate there are over 1 million more to be found. We’re trying. Each year, scientists around the world discover some 17,000 to 18,000 new species, and 2014 was no different. Here, we’ve narrowed it down to five creatures that caught… Read More
LSU researcher Rebecca Christofferson provides her expertise in Dengue fever and Chikungunya for this article in National Geographic News.
LSU Engineering professor Marybeth Lima asks: “What do the kids do out here during recess?” It was an honest question, asked of a first-grade teacher giving us a tour of her school’s playground. One of my students posed it; I teach a first-year biological engineering design course in which Louisiana State University engineering students work… Read More
The pocket protector serves a simple, reasonable purpose — to protect the pocket of a dress shirt from ink stains — and yet in the history of consumer products, has any other innovation been so intensely stigmatized? The pocket protector is a hallmark of geekdom, the calling card of the nerd.
The legend of Ted Parker hangs heavy around the LSU Museum of Natural Science. Before dying in a 1983 plane crash in Ecuador, he accomplished so much in the field of ornithology — conserving South American lands, collecting audio of thousands of bird sounds and setting a world record.
Thirty years ago, a professor and a student with access to a radiotelescope in Puerto Rico made the first discovery of a binary pulsar: a cosmic dance between a pair of small, dense, rapidly rotating neutron stars, called pulsars, in orbit around one another.
The Neotropics, a region rich in rainforests that stretches from Mexico to the southernmost tip of South America, is rich in bird biodiversity. Now, scientists have challenged a commonly held view that explains how so many species of birds came to inhabit this area, revealing a bit more about the movements of birds.