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Dave Witt
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A Florida brewery and an ad agency have partnered to create edible six-pack rings that can also completely biodegrade if no one's hungry.
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Archaeologists say the underwater discovery proves humans arrived on the continent at least 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.
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Clashing cultures. The occasional hanky panky with other species. It was basically Game of Thrones.
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Sometimes at the climax of a Star Trek episode, the captain would yell out “Battle stations!” and send the crew scurrying frantically through the corridors. It wasn’t really clear what those battle stations were. Presumably, crew members headed to posts they’d been previously assigned, and this let the whole ship react to the crisis efficiently. Certain ants respond to …
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One of the cutest organisms on Earth is also one of the toughest, as three water bears' intrepid 30-year voyage through deep-freeze has proved once more
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HELEN: I like bugs. I started a Ph.D. in ants (and quit, but still think ants are awesome). I have blogged in this space about butterflies. I think the coming of the 17-year-cicadas is one of the most exciting things that happens in the world. My record is quite clear on this: me and bugs, ...
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Here are side-by-side video clips comparing a bunch of fire ants with different kinds of liquid. Fire ants use their claws to grip diverse surfaces, including each other. As a result of their mutua…
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By amassing a huge library of leaf images, scientists are training computers to diagnose the diseases that threaten our food supply.
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Beautiful, bizarre animal discovered this week during NOAA's exploration of the area around the Mariana Trench
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Huge monitor lizards have invaded the state, and the rest of the U.S. is one unlucky boatload away.
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A new study has shown that people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), associated with bursts of overblown aggression, are twice as likely as healthy people to have Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite, famously carried by cats, has been shown to mess with the neurochemistry of mice. Could it be doing the same to us?
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There's a remarkable difference between people who eat chocolate and people who don't.
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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...
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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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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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 |...
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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...
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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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