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These stray dogs, plucked from the streets of the USSR, were the first creatures to reach orbit, enduring inhumane tests and then either perishing in space or finding themselves the adored darlings of the Motherland when they returned home. The post The Stray Dogs That Became Soviet Space Heroes appeared first on WIRED.
You should be afraid of Ebola---if you live in some parts of West Africa. But here in the United States? Not so much. The post Ebola Explained: What You Should and Shouldn’t Worry About appeared first on WIRED.
This is the avian version of Bloodsport, only without all of the terrible yet somehow endearing acting. The four species of steamer duck (so named for their penchant for flapping and running along the surface, kicking up water like steamboats)...Show More Summary
In his fourth-floor lab at Harvard University, Michael Desai has created hundreds of identical worlds in order to watch evolution at work. Each of his meticulously controlled environments is home to a separate strain of baker’s yeast. Show More Summary
A beautiful map made with NOAA's powerful new weather modeling tool. The post Science Graphic of the Week: NOAA’S Highest-Resolution Weather Forecast Yet Is Also the Most Beautiful appeared first on WIRED.
Over the years, Moore has photographed more than 200 species and worked alongside research teams that have identified six new species—and rediscovered six others previously thought lost. The post Enchanting Photos of Rare and Wonderful Frogs and Salamanders appeared first on WIRED.
In a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, scientists have discovered that harvestmen have a hidden hunting skill: catching prey using their glue-coated forelimbs. The post Daddy Longlegs Have a Secret Hunting Weapon: Glue appeared first on WIRED.
Civet coffee is one of the most expensive coffees in the world—a cup can cost up to $100. Coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tract of this cat-sized creature native to southeast Asia make a remarkably smooth brew, producers and aficionados say. Show More Summary
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[HTML1] This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano—close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. Show More Summary
Ah, the thrill of the hunt. The trusty hounds at your side, howling and panting and dragging you toward your quarry: a lumbering beaver not accustomed to moving on land. You close in. You raise your spear. The beaver suddenly stops, looks over its shoulder at you, and lifts a back leg. Show More Summary
An individual who flew to the U.S. from Liberia earlier this month has been diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today. The case marks the first time the disease has been diagnosed in this country. The post Yes, Ebola Is Now in America. But CDC Says the US Is Ready appeared first on WIRED.
Accents are extremely difficult to lose because our infant brains codify a lifetime's worth of sounds before we've spoken our first word The post What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Lose an Accent appeared first on WIRED.
The study further confirms global warming is changing Antarctica in fundamental ways. The post Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity appeared first on WIRED.
The wind and tides are major drivers of the ocean’s global circulation, moving its waters all over the planet and mixing up its temperature, salinity, and nutrients. But according to new research, there might be another crucial force...Show More Summary
The subject enters a room in which a 12-year-old boy is seated. A 20-minute conversation ensues. The subject quizzes the boy about current events and other topics to get a sense of his intelligence and personality. But the boy is not what he appears to be. The post If Someone Secretly Controlled What You Say, Would Anyone Notice? appeared first on WIRED.
The diving bell spider the only arachnid on Earth that spends its entire life underwater, a lovely reminder that where life finds a niche, it fills it—oh, and that if you’re afraid of spiders you aren’t really safe anywhere at all. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Incredible Spider That Lives Its Entire Life Underwater appeared first on WIRED.
Three visualizations show the steady melt of the Arctic ice cap. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Three Ways to Visualize Our Melting Northern Ice Cap appeared first on WIRED.
With the first of a new generation of genetically engineered crops ready to hit the market, the battle lines are being drawn. These crops and others like them may force a showdown between conflicting approaches to farming: one that depends on chemicals to fight weeds, and another that embraces ecology's lessons. Show More Summary
A new study argues that the theory biologists use to predict an ecosystem's biodiversity should be modified to account for the global economy. The post How Global Shipping Could Change Our Understanding of Biodiversity appeared first on WIRED.