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An Indonesian volcano that erupts "blue" lava—NPR's Skunk Bear on the science of Kawah Ijen:
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Food-flutter-fight in our rainforest, tanager v. tanager.
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A bird so beautiful it gets celebrated by an arts & culture magazine—behold the Nicobar pigeon:

The dodo bird has been long extinct, but it still has relatives living in the world today. Known as the Nicobar pigeon, this rare creature is the closest living connection to the famous flightless bird, although the two don’t look alike. One striking difference is the Nicobar pigeon’s vibrant plumage that shines in iridescent blues, coppers, and greens—in addition to its reddish legs and small white tail. This colorful characteristic developed be...
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Happy 400th birthday, Greenland shark! Slow-growing species takes "longest-lived vertebrates" title:
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HAPPY 21st HATCHDAY TO OUR FAVORITE 'GATOR! For all the joy and enlightenment you've brought humans, for all the snapping turtles you've unwittingly bumped into, for all the heated rocks you've basked on, we salute you. 🎉 🎂 🎁
(Pic by visitor Brianne S.)
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Bay Areans may have a complicated relationship with our fog, but Italian photographer Lorenzo Montezemolo's shots from Mt. Tamalpais offer a profound, undeniably beautiful view. Via Colossal:
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Never enough #seanettle. Aquarium beauty by visitor Herb L. 😍 
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"An epic homecoming": 30 years after going extinct in the wild, scimitar-horned oryxes are galloping across Chad's grasslands again:
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Just a little orchid mantis, in case you temporarily forgot that nature is amazing. (Photo by biologist Tim Wong.)
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Don't think sloth-research sounds extreme? Pffft. Neuroscientist & "slow sleep" researcher Bryson Voirin demo's the kind of mad skills required for life in the treetops.
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Natural history museum with an aquarium, planetarium & scientists conducting a variety of research.- Google
"The place is a bit small but oh wow, what a beautiful place."
"This has great night time programs for young adults with music and drinks."
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Romy Mae Hale
a month ago
I really enjoyed the day I spent at the museum. Lot's of different exhibitions to explore, good food, beautiful building and a huge aquarium. The only thing that bugged me sososo much was a certain attraction in the aquarium. I don't care how many times anyone tells me that "it's okay" to touch the starfish and sea urchins, when I see the people pressing their fingers into those beautiful animals and lifting them up out of the water, I really want to throw a fit. The first thing you learn as a scuba diver (and trust me, I am one) is not to touch ANYTHING that lives in the water. So seeing this made me feel so bad and it made a big damper in my otherwise nice day. If only the academy got rid of this "attraction" I'd be more than happy to come again and give it five stars.
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Erin Winick
4 months ago
They pack and amazing amount into a small space! There is a lot to do and see here that is extremely unique. The Amazon exhibit is awesome and well maintained. They have an incredibly modern and up to date planetarium show as well which is included with admission. They have great student discounts and an additional 5 dollars off with a brochure add that can be found at most hotels in the areas. I was able to save $20 off admission for 2 students total. I would highly reccomend checking this out. It was one of my favorite museums I have visited.
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Sandy P
2 months ago
Hit the aquarium(bottom) or top floor first if you want to explore right away or aren't in the mood for extensive lines(mostly for the 2 ground floor attractions). teacher discount for my cousin for some reason! We were told that most offered discounts come with sponsored bus trips to there and whatnot. But yeah. Albino alligator.
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Marcus Anzelone
3 months ago
I finally got to visit about a year ago. This museum always inspired knowledge when I was a child. I remember since the Planetarium for the first time, and was just amazed. I think I studied astrology for a year after that experience. The new museum even goes further. The generation today is in for a real treat. Job well done!
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Anton Korniyenko
4 weeks ago
One of the coolest experience of recent years was nightlife at Academy of Science. I went there when they had a yoga night and it is really hard to describe the excitement off doing yoga with hundreds of other people in the middle of Academy of Science. In addition nightlife only cost $15 and there are no children allowed as well as drinks and food are available for purchase. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting or living in San Francisco
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Jpch1 1
2 weeks ago
The tickets are kinda pricey, but they're worth it. There's an aquarium in the bottom floor, and a bunch of fish live there. Also, there's a tiny rainforest (when you come in, it's going to be hot, so take of your jacket when coming in) where it gets hotter and hotter as you go up (did I mention is takes up, like, two floors?), but you see more diverse birds, insects, frogs (they're in display cases) when you go up. Idk if it's still there, but there is/was an exhibit about earthquakes and you get simulations of the ones that were in San Francisco. I recommend coming here, it's RADICAL!!
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Mitchell Magner
a month ago
As great and expansive this place is (it has a living roof for crying out loud) my interests were far more focused on the aquatic animals. In the belly of the Academy are tanks and tanks of liquid ecosystems. Amongst the Mermaid's Purses, jellyfish, giant croc tank, and a man clearly obsessed with octopuses is the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (aka the rare Kissing Octopus). Most of the exhibits in this section are dimly lit creating an impossible immersion that gives some of the creatures the appearance of swimming along you, suspended in the air. The last major exhibit I went through was the Earthquake one. YAWN. At least Sigourney Weaver narrates the film shown in the dome. Which in itself is a bit of fun and attention grabbing in its giant, full field of vision ensnaring, projection. A great time for everyone.
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Kate Auman
a month ago
Thursday Nite Life is incredible. Get there early to ensure you see the Osher Rainforest before it closes.