Day: September 11, 2019

The art of upcycling

“It used to be that things were built the best they could be to last as long as possible,” says Jonathan Ward, co-founder and CEO of ICON. Not anymore. Since 1990, global car production has doubled, outpacing population growth, and cars are built with shorter lifecycles, meaning that they’ll land in junkyards faster than in…

New ‘frozen dragon’ pterosaur found hiding in plain sight

In the icy badlands of Alberta, paleontologists have found a “frozen dragon”: a new genus of pterosaur that once soared over the heads of dinosaurs with a wingspan that stretched at least 16 feet. The flying reptile—named Cryodrakon boreas—lived in what is now western Canada about 76 million years ago, during what’s known as the…

See 14 animals that have shown us their impressive smarts

Scientific research constantly gives glimpses into new dimensions of animal cognition. But intelligence—which is so complex and encompasses such a wide range of adaptive abilities—remains confoundingly tricky to measure. “One of the biggest challenges is our inability to comprehend how other species process information,” says Kristina Horback, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal…