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Burning Question for World Giraffe Day: Can They Swim?

A few years ago a colleague and I did an exhaustive analysis and concluded that they might—but not very well -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

TBT to one of our all-time-favorite videos featuring the...

TBT to one of our all-time-favorite videos featuring the ink-credible giant Pacific octopus! 

Evidence of Marine High Oxygen Levels During the Ediacaran NeoProterozoic

Ocean oxidation during the deposition of basal Ediacaran Doushantuo cap carbonates in the Yangtze Platform, South ChinaAuthors:Lang et alAbstract:Precipitation of cap carbonate lithologies is a key feature of Cryogenian global glaciations. Show More Summary

Turkey may Build Aircraft Carrier?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has stressed the significance of the defense industry, saying that Turkey will soon start producing an aircraft carrier after an Anatolian ship, which is a sub type of amphibious vehicle.Erdo?an's...Show More Summary

Why India may not get a 'SpaceX'

Many of us in India dream of becoming astronauts who reach out for the stars when we are young, despite India not having a human space program. As we grow up, we start to live up to the expectations of our society and make our ends meet...Show More Summary

Modeling glacial flow on and onto Pluto's Sputnik Planum

Modeling glacial flow on and onto Pluto's Sputnik PlanumAuthors:Umurhan et alAbstract:Observations of Pluto's surface made by the New Horizons spacecraft indicates present-day nitrogen ice glaciation in and around the basin known as Sputnik Planum. Show More Summary

pbstv: How do dolphins communicate? Cracking the code of the...

pbstv: How do dolphins communicate? Cracking the code of the mammal’s whistles and clicks. More from PBS NewsHour.

European Built Service Module for NASA's Orion Capsule is Delayed 3 Months

The European-built service module for NASA’s Orion crew-transport vehicle will be three months late in being shipped to the United States following modifications to the design recommended by a June 16 program review, a senior European...Show More Summary

Are you considering starting a home aquarium? Here’s some advice...

Are you considering starting a home aquarium? Here’s some advice on how to do it the right way, courtesy of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory? and featuring our own Education Specialist, Claudia P. Tibbs!

Stealth Saga #46

Taranis: More on Britain's consideration of flying the Taranis demonstrator again. (video of taranis' first flight)Avenger: General Atomics will be flying an improved Avenger with better sensors in October.KF-X:Work on the KF-X's radar is set to begin.FCAS: The Brits are working with the Germans on the Tornado-replacing Future Combat Air System. Show More Summary

noaasanctuaries: A day octopus or he’e mauli (in Hawaiian),...

noaasanctuaries: A day octopus or he’e mauli (in Hawaiian), sits pretty at Kure Atoll in Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument.  Many cephalopods have special cells in their skin tissue called chromatophores that enable them to change color very rapidly. Show More Summary

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Predatory Dinosaurs of the World - Part 2

It's back - Greg Paul's 1988 magnum opus, Predatory Dinosaurs of the World. As we established in the first post, it's long deserved its prime position in the Palaeoart Hall of Fame, having been not only highly prescient but also hugely influential on almost everyone interested in reconstructing Mesozoic theropods. Show More Summary

Want to join the cephalopod decathlon? It’ll take some...

Want to join the cephalopod decathlon? It’ll take some training—and a few extra body parts!  See cephalopods walk, swim, and jet propel in our special exhibition Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.

nationalaquarium: Did you catch the cownose rays in the Inner...

nationalaquarium: Did you catch the cownose rays in the Inner Harbor last weekend? They’re seasonal visitors to the area!  Learn more about their recent visit here. 

Evidence of Wild Fires From Barremian Cretaceous Jordan

Fire in a Weichselia-dominated coastal ecosystem from the Lower Cretaceous (Barremian) of the Kurnub Group in NW JordanAuthors:Abu Hamad et alAbstract:Large intervals of the Cretaceous are considered as a ‘high-fire’ period in Earth's history. Show More Summary

NATO says the internet is now a war zone – what does that mean?

The military alliance has designated cyberspace as an operational domain for war alongside land, sea and air – here's how states are defending themselves

cephalopodweek: smithsonianlibraries: Many cephalopods have...

cephalopodweek: smithsonianlibraries: Many cephalopods have the unique ability to change color and pattern. If you’ve ever been curious as to how they do it, the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal has you covered. The source of this octopus image is The Cephalopoda by Carl Chun, which was translated from the German by Albert Mercado in 1975. Show More Summary

Can an extract from hops flowers reduce breast cancer risk?

Some sort of Hops Flowers Substance is a common dietary supplement used by post-menopausal women. A recent study looks at one molecule extracted from hops to see if it could help reduce the chance of getting breast cancer. The paper is in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, and is called Hop (Humulus lupulus L.)…

Pixar draws inspiration from California's Monterey Bay Aquarium for new movie "Finding Dory"

Pixar draws inspiration from California's Monterey Bay Aquarium for new movie "Finding Dory": Fintastic!

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