Mouse found atop a 22,000-foot volcano in the Andes, breaking world record

A yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse (Phyllotis xanthopygus), perched on a researcher’s glove, at high-altitude on the slopes of Llullaillaco volcano. This species dwells at higher elevations than any other mammal. BY DOUGLAS MAIN Last summer, scientists reported finding the world’s highest-dwelling mammal, a yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse, which was seen scampering among the upper reaches of Llullaillaco,Continue reading “Mouse found atop a 22,000-foot volcano in the Andes, breaking world record”

People Without Electricity Don’t Get 8 Hours’ Sleep Either

By Traci Watson, National Geographic Don’t blame the lure of a glowing smartphone for keeping you up too late. Even people without modern technology don’t sleep the night away, new research says. Members of three hunter-gatherer societies who lack electricity—and thus evenings filled with Facebook, Candy Crush, and 200 TV channels—get an average of onlyContinue reading “People Without Electricity Don’t Get 8 Hours’ Sleep Either”

Parts of Yellowstone National Park closed after massive supervolcano beneath it melts roads

Tourists at Yellowstone National Park are being barred from areas of the park because the massive underground supervolcano beneath it is melting the asphalt roads. “It basically turned the asphalt into soup. It turned the gravel road into oatmeal,” Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said. In particular, Hottle said that the road between the park’s mostContinue reading “Parts of Yellowstone National Park closed after massive supervolcano beneath it melts roads”