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Jellyfish Chips: A Delicious Oxymoron

Ah, nothing beats the crispy crunch of a jellyfish chip. Wait, what? Forget "Lady Doritos," jellyfish chips are a future snack for the masses. It turns out that the swimming gelatinous invertebrates can be leached of water to leave behind...Show More Summary

How Did Hurricane Maria Affect Wildlife? Just Listen

Hurricane Maria, it’s safe to say, was devastating to Puerto Rico. More than five months ago, on September 20th, the Category 4 storm ravaged the U.S. territory, causing $90 billion worth of damage in some estimates and scores of deaths. Show More Summary

So That's Why the Gate to Hell Is So Deadly

If there’s a highway to hell, there’s probably a gate to hell—well, there is. It's located in what was the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis, which is now in modern-day Turkey. Called Plutonium after Pluto, the gate was thought to be an opening to the underworld. Show More Summary

Your Weekly Attenborough: Materpiscis attenboroughi

I mean, really. No matter how you feel about the man, surely his mother is off-limits? Translated from the Latin, the full name of this species comes out to be "Attenborough's mother fish." Attenborough's mother — a fish! Where I come from, them's fightin' words. But the name is quite accurate. Show More Summary

What a Fossil Revolution Reveals About the History of ‘Big Data’

In 1981, when I was nine years old, my father took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although I had to squint my eyes during some of the scary scenes, I loved it – in particular because I was fairly sure that Harrison Ford’s character was based on my dad. Show More Summary

Astonishing Ways Animals Ensure Their Sperm Win

We all know that individuals fight over potential love interests. Just think of Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) scuffling, rather impotently, over Bridget Jones in a fountain. But you might be surprised to hear that the fierce rivalry continues behind the scenes — in the form of sperm competition. Show More Summary

Following Battles, Ant Medics Treat Their Wounded Comrades

Ants that hunt termites can risk getting grievously injured in battle, but that doesn't mean its the end of the line. In a newly published study, scientists observed ant medics caring for their wounded comrades, which may be the first...Show More Summary

Step Aboard the Moa Poop Time Machine

Coprolites, or fossilized dung, double as ecological time capsules, preserving an incredible collection of information about past ecosystems. In Middle Earth (a.k.a. New Zealand) researchers from the University of Adelaide’s Australian...Show More Summary

This Is Why Some Bats Have Hairy Tongues

Nectar-drinking bats possess hairy tongues, and now scientists reveal these hairs are designed to maximize how much sweet nectar the bats can guzzle. The South American Pallas' long-tongued bat, Glossophaga soricina, dips its long tongue...Show More Summary

Did The Dino-Killing Asteroid Trigger Global Volcanoes?

Earth’s worst day happened 66.043 million years ago — give or take 32,000 years. Let’s say it was a Monday. And if it was, then around Friday afternoon a strange new star would’ve begun growing brighter and brighter in the sky. Tragically, it wasn’t a cool new star at all. Show More Summary

Your Weekly Attenborough: Sitana attenboroughii

It's a lizard! It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Sitana attenboroughii, Attenborough's fan-throated lizard to the world. Measuring somewhere under three inches from snout to vent, the lizard is a welcome addition to the Agamidae family, and bears the "Attenborough" distinction proudly. Show More Summary

This Deep-Sea Fish Lays Its Eggs in the Most Hellish Nursery on the Planet

The oceans are largely unexplored, but if you want to find something interesting, there's no better place to visit than a hydrothermal vent. Often marked by dark plumes gushing into frigid water, the vents mark spots where magma rises close to the seafloor and heats the water to temperatures that can reach over 750 degrees Fahrenheit. Show More Summary

Cloudy with a Chance of Virus

I, like a lot of other people on the internet, love rain. What can be nicer than a cool, refreshing burst of liquid precipitation, a sound so soothing people can actually pay to hear during dry spells? It’s good for dirty walkways, good...Show More Summary

Thank Plate Tectonics for Tasty Oranges

If you’re an orange juice lover, you should be thankful for the rather bizarre behavior of the Indian tectonic plate. A new and sweeping genetic study, published Wednesday in Nature, has pinpointed the origins and evolution of citrus. Show More Summary

This Wood Won't Float, But It's Stronger Than Steel

The question of how much wood a woodchuck can chuck may need to be reevaluated — new research published today in Nature reveals a process that can create wood with a strength-to-weight ratio stronger than most metals. Harder, Better, Stronger Many of the high-performance structural materials available today have at least one major drawback. Show More Summary

Bombardier Beetles Refuse to Be Toad Snacks

Bombardier beetles are the Agent Ks of the insect world. You’ll recall, Men in Black’s Agent K (played by Tommy Lee Jones) exacts revenge after being swallowed by a giant cockroach alien at the New York State Pavilion. Agent K went down...Show More Summary

Peek Inside a Meerkat's Mazelike Manor

I’m a scientist and my job is to look below the surface of the earth. One of the questions often asked of people working with what we call geophysical imaging is, “How deep can you see?” It’s a difficult question to answer of course,...Show More Summary

Cheetahs Are Fast; Their Inner Ear Makes Them Deadly

Cheetahs evolved to become the fastest animals on land. Now scientists find that not only do swift limbs help cheetahs hunt down prey, but so too do tiny bony tubes within their skulls that help the cats keep their gazes locked on their...Show More Summary

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