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Australian Plants and Animals Are Low-Down, Dirty Liars

Normally, when an insect lands on a flower, there’s a fair exchange of goods and services. The bug gets a slurp of delicious, nutritious nectar, and the plant gets the pollen that the bug was carrying or sends off some pollen of its own. Show More Summary

Wild Siberian Tiger Caught on Video in China

Hypothetical scenario: Imagine for a second that you stumbled upon an adult Siberia tiger in the wild. Would you a) run as fast as humanly possible in the other direction, b) curl up in a ball and cry, or c) record the encounter with the four-legged killing machine on your cellphone? If you just said "a," then you should appreciate the video above. Show More Summary

April in the Foothills

April is an excellent month to visit the Montane Forest of the Front Range foothills. Composed of open ponderosa pine parklands (on sunny, south-facing slopes) and a mix of Douglas fir and Colorado spruce (on shaded, north-facing slopes),...Show More Summary

remembering the alamo

The AlamoSan Antonio, TexasOn the occasion of working the Alamo Bowl December 2013

through the portal of time: jordan's ancient city of jerash

The Ancient Roman City of Jerashtoward the Syrian Border, JordanOctober 2014 It was so unexpected to see this nearly intact Roman settlement rise up out of a remote, tranquil valley only 45 minutes from the bustling capital city of Amman. Show More Summary

Bushcricket Bondage

This article originally appeared in The Conversation. Handcuffs, spikes and traps—you would think they were part of some bondage aficionado’s bedroom collection. But what are they doing in the insect world? A new study I worked on...Show More Summary

Evolution’s Oddest Eggs

Whatever creative egg-decorating plans you may have for Easter, I guarantee birds already have it beat. Over the course of 150 million years or so of evolution, birds have adapted to fill just about every ecological niche on the planet, and in the process they’ve developed some surprising strategies for reproduction. Show More Summary

Great Moments in Ferret History: Rudy Giuliani’s Unhinged Rant

In June 1999, prompted by the Giuliani administration, the New York City Board of Health voted to include ferrets on its comically elaborate list of banned creatures, where they joined polar bears, venomous centipedes, zebras, and ???all...Show More Summary

The Nihilistic Sex Lives of Spiders

From Nature’s Nether Regions: What the Sex Lives of Bugs, Birds, and Beasts Tell Us About Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ourselves by Menno Schilthuizen. Reprinted by arrangement with Viking. Tucked away in a far corner of the northern...Show More Summary

Chew On This Fantastic New Fossil

Once upon a time, weird fish ruled the world. The oceans teemed with primitive vertebrates that lacked eyes, ears, and even fins. Fish ate by sucking up water and debris from the ocean floor, filtering out the goodies, and then releasing the rest through their gills. Show More Summary

Devoted Dads of the Wild

In the “best dads” competition, many of the top finalists are fish. Males are solo caregivers about nine times as often as females. In fact, demonstrated prowess as a dad is something many fish females seem to find irresistible. Male sand gobies, for example, build and defend nests. Show More Summary

SeaWorld Exaggerated Its Research Record

SeaWorld’s practice of keeping large marine mammals in captivity has always been controversial among scientists and animal rights activists, but the recent anti-captivity documentary Blackfish has brought this issue into the public eye. Show More Summary

The Outlaw Chimps of Gishwati Forest

On the edge of a forest in Rwanda, farmers have been battling thieves. These thieves often come under the cover of darkness to steal crops, so farmers play defense, standing guard all night in mosquito-infested fields and risking exposing themselves to malaria. Show More Summary

Zoos Drive Animals Crazy

In the mid-1990s, Gus, a polar bear in the Central Park Zoo, alarmed visitors by compulsively swimming figure eights in his pool, sometimes for 12 hours a day. He stalked children from his underwater window, prompting zoo staff to put up barriers to keep the frightened children away from his predatory gaze. Show More Summary

Disco Clams’ Awesome Light Show

Party people, here’s your new patronus: the disco clam. A favorite of scuba divers, Ctenoides ales is known as the disco clam for its flashing light display that looks straight out of a dubstep show. The marine world is rich with bioluminescent creatures that create their own light through chemical reactions. Show More Summary

The Real Paleo Diet

Everybody poops. As modern humans, our inclination is to flush it away, but luckily for archeologists, there was no plumbing in the Paleolithic era. As reported in a new PLOS ONE paper, researchers analyzed 50,000-year-old feces forShow More Summary

Shooting Blind

I never know where these posts are going to go when I sit down to bang one out. Reminds me of the E. L. Doctorow quote: "Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." I'm still on Dean's Fork, enjoying a springy day in the 70's for once. Show More Summary

The Laramie Basin

North of Ft. Collins, Colorado, US 287 angles northwest, climbing into the Front Range foothills. It then turns northward, passing through a scenic landscape of hogbacks, ridges, rock spires and domes; initially crossing foothill shrublands, it cuts through ponderosa parklands as it nears the Wyoming border. Show More Summary

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