MNN : earth-matters (26)

A reality show about kittens? Count me in

The Icelandic show 'Keeping up with the Kattarshians' is reality TV about a bunch of cute kittens and it's raising awareness about animal adoptions.

'Ring of fire' eclipse to put on show for millions

Known as an annular eclipse, this celestial event occurs when the moon blocks all but a sliver of the sun's surface.

America's rural forests are shrinking

A new study from State University of New York finds that living in the country doesn't necessarily mean closer proximity to forested areas.

Farmer brings water to wild animals in drought-stricken Kenya

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua brings thousands of gallons of water a week to dried-out watering holes in Kenya for the wild animals.

America's rural forests are shrinking

A new study finds that living in the country doesn't necessarily mean closer proximity to forested areas.

Take this mosquito quiz to prepare for the inevitable onslaught

Always annoying and sometimes deadly, mosquitoes are some the most reviled creatures on the planet. How much do you know about these irksome insects?

China to debut world's first bird 'airport'

Tianjin's wetland sanctuary will serve as a rest stop for peckish migratory birds traveling along one of the world's major flyways.

China to debut world's first bird 'airport'

Tianjin's wetland sanctuary will serve as a rest-stop for peckish migratory birds traveling along one of the world's major flyways.

What we know about the mysterious 'Tully monster'

It looks like nothing else ever seen on Earth, but the bizarre 'Tully monster' is still waiting on a definitive classification.

NASA announces discovery of 7 Earth-sized alien worlds

Located 39 light-years away, these planets offer a 'giant leap forward' in the search for alien life, NASA says.

Pluto's planetary purgatory may soon come to an end

NASA scientists hatch proposal to redefine what it means to be a planet in our solar system.

To save bees, city plans 1,000 acres of prairie

As vital pollinators decline across the U.S. Midwest, one city in Iowa is launching an ambitious plan to rebuild their prairie habitat.

Mysterious pulsar is 1,000 times brighter than previously thought possible

NGC 5907 X-1 is by far the brightest pulsar ever found in the universe.

Mysterious pulsar is 1000 times brighter than previously thought possible

It is by far the brightest pulsar ever found in the universe.

Baby hippo Fiona gets a helping hand from humans

Born prematurely, Fiona has struggled to stand, eat and gain weight, but she's on the road to becoming a very fine hippo.

Thought-provoking 'Love Song' is a call to action on climate

The Climate Coalition has crafted a cinematic ad that presents the dangers of climate change in a most artistic way.

What is an atmospheric river?

This phenomenon can wreak havoc in the form of extreme rainfall and snow, sometimes in areas like California that are normally plagued with drought.

Scientists revive 50,000-year-old life found trapped in giant cave crystals

Strange organisms in Naica Mine cave system in Mexico have radically different genetics than their nearest known relatives.

Scientists revive 50,000-year-old life found trapped in giant cave crystals

Strange organisms have radically different genetics than their nearest known relatives.

Facial recognition software could help save endangered lemurs

The software, usually used to identify humans, is identifying individual lemurs for conservation research.

Over 1 million penguins descend on Argentina

Punta Tombo peninsula was overrun by penguins looking for yummy snacks and mating.

It will take 40 years before dolphins recover from Deepwater Horizon spill

The health effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will continue to be felt by dolphins for generations.

14 extinct animals that could be resurrected

Can lost species ever become un-extinct? Many scientists believe it's only a matter of time before many extinct animals again walk the Earth through cloning.

WildlifePhoto contest captures nature at its best

From elusive felines to deep-diving birds, check out the winners of the WildlifePhoto.com 2016 Photo Contest Series.

At 66 years old, Wisdom the Laysan albatross hatches another chick

Wisdom the albatross is an amazing 66 years old and still raising babies. Her newest chick just hatched on Midway Atoll.

Meet the pangolin, an adorable endangered creature

All 8 species of pangolin are in decline due to illegal trade, but conservationists hope to save them by softening the scaly animal's image.