Why Lost Birds and Mammals Spell Doom for Some Plants

The American robin eats winter food. Small birds like roaches usually scatter seeds over relatively short distances. Credit: Photography by Paul Vitucci The ability of plants scattered to keep up with climate change has been reduced by 60%. In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers estimated that the loss of bird and … Read more

3 newly discovered worlds risk doom orbiting too close to dying stars

Astronomers have spotted three new exoplanets orbiting dangerously close to their parent stars, on the verge of extinction. Three exoplanets, named TOI-2337b, TOI-4329b and TOI-2669b, were detected using NASA’s transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the Echelle High Resolution Spectrometer (HIRES) of the WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii. “These planets are in such extreme places … Read more