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For decades, scientists have struggled to understand the strange circles of barren land that litter the Namib Desert. Called “Fairy Circles,” their formation has been attributed to everything from supernatural forces to poison gas and subterranean insects. Now, scientists may have finally solved this enduring mystery.
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The entire Hendrix’s liveforever species could be wiped out by a single tractor
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According to anthropologists, religious studies experts, and art historians.
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Everything in the lab gleams. There is no smell and no sound but the insectlike whir of the machine that pumps nitrogen gas into the dozen or so glass storage tanks lining the walls. The pressure of the gas inflates the white rubber gloves attached to the tanks and makes them reach, ghostlike, toward the center of the room.
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Last week, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson held a press event to announce the museum’s new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation.
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Scientists just supercooled an object beyond the quantum limit.
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More than 50 million years old, two fossilized tomatillo plants have rewritten the evolution of the widespread nightshades
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Over the past few years, as people have been freaking out about a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, the company behind those mosquitoes has been quietly toiling away on another project. This week, British biotech company Oxitec announced plans for field trials of a genetically modified Mediterranean fruit fly in Western Australia. The so-called Medfly is a devastating agricultural pest, and by engineering it to ...
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A new organic farming technique uses native plants to attract critters that eat harmful insects
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Caffeine Makes For Busy Bees, Not Productive Ones
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com

A caffeinated bee is a busier bee. It’ll work harder to find food, and to communicate the location of said food to other bees. It will, howe

A Brief History of Cooking With Fire
theplate.nationalgeographic.com

For most of human history, over an open fire was the one and only way to cook a meal. People started cooking in this fashion nearly two mill

Why Would Anyone Get a Fecal Transplant? Watch a Brother and Sister Explain
phenomena.nationalgeographic.com

It isn't very often that a medical procedure inspires a patient-advocacy movement, let alone an Internet fan club. Especially not a procedur

Root Fungi Can Turn Pine Trees Into Carnivores — or at Least Accomplices...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

Springtails are little leaping insects far too small to catch the notice of the naked human eye. But with a little magnification, some of th

Dying Trees Can Send Food to Neighbors of Different Species Via ‘Wood-Wi...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

No tree is an island, and no place is this truer than the forest. Hidden beneath the soil of the forest understory is a labyrinth of ...

Caffeine: The Buzz That Keeps Us Coming Back
theplate.nationalgeographic.com

March is Caffeine Awareness Month, and - depending on what and who you read – it’s either time to up your coffee intake or drop it altogethe

Ahoy! Thar Be a New Seadragon in the Briny Deep | The Artful Amoeba, Sci...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

As fabulous, fantastical gems of evolution go, seadragons are hard to beat. The weedy seadgragon:

What on Earth Made These Perfect Fossil Rings? | The Artful Amoeba, Scie...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

See these annular structures? They are 492 million years old and come from Wisconsin. Here are some more. Was there a severe shortage of bee

Why We Want Chocolate for Valentine's Day
theplate.nationalgeographic.com

You've got your Sweethearts, your SweeTarts, and your dozen red roses. But I'm willing to wager that most lovers must arrive bearing chocola

Hot Cocoa Mix Has the Same Stuff Your iPhone's Screen Is Made Of | WIRED
www.wired.com

When used in your phone, this compound helps improve the strength of your screen; in hot cocoa, it traps moisture in its molecular pores, en

To Bean Or Not To Bean: Jumping Into The Chili Debate
theplate.nationalgeographic.com

With beans or without beans, that is the question when it comes to chili. Rival chili cooks are as passionate about beans as rival makers of

Two-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Reveal Strange and Puzzling Forms | The Art...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

To a human, two billion years is an unfathomable interval. But that, a team of European, Gabonese, and American scientists now say, is how l

Ocean Giants (Actual Size) | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

Just how big is a giant squid? Not quite as big, perhaps, as you might think. This fabulous new graphic from the Deep Sea News crew ...

Deepest Fish Features Angel Wings, Tentacles and Amazing Ability to Perf...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

There comes a depth at which even fish struggle to survive the titanic pressure. But that depth is only found at the few places on Earth ...

Wonderful Things: Ferns Eject Their Spores with Medieval-Style Catapults...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

Author’s note: This is the latest post in the Wonderful Things series. You can read more about this series here. One of the more under-appre

13 Holiday Gifts That'll Delight Your Favorite Science Nerd | WIRED
www.wired.com

From a pyrotechnics chemistry kit to a DIY submersible, here is our holiday wish-list for science nerds.

Americans May Be More at Risk from Deadly Heart Parasite Than Realized |...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

The kissing bug may have the most misleadingly cute name in entomology. It bites, rather than smooches, its victims around the mouth or face

Origin of Mysterious Portuguese Mathematical and Geographical Tiles Reve...
blogs.scientificamerican.com

A few months ago I wrote about some mystifying mathematical and geographic tiles I encountered at the National Tile Museum in Lisbon, Portug

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