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poop

Students Are Getting Paid to Poop at a South Korean University

The project transforms human waste into biogas, and allows participants to buy everything from bananas to socks.
July 23, 2021
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plastic

How Could a Crocodile Spend Years Cinched By a Tire?

One in Indonesia has been carrying a rubber ring since at least 2016. Here’s how the litter might be affecting the animal’s life.
July 19, 2021
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Why Are Almond Growers Uprooting Their Orchards?

The double whammy of drought and water regulations has led some farmers to sacrifice thirsty crops—with visually striking consequences.
July 2, 2021
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Spiders Covered Australian Shores With a Massive, Gossamer Blanket

The ghostly sight tells a story of escape, survival, and a post-flood feast.
June 25, 2021
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pandemic

My Pandemic-Era Quest to Solve the Mystery of Ponyhenge

To get to know a new town, start with its charming local oddities, like a herd of toy horses in a field.
June 23, 2021
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letters

Found: A Landlocked Message in a Bottle in a Detroit Train Station

More than a century ago, a couple of guys had some beer and an idea.
June 14, 2021
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why is this like this?

What in the World Is Sea Snot?

And why is it fouling the coast around Istanbul?
June 4, 2021
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pandemic

How a Giant, Stinky, Delightful Corpse Flower Got to an Abandoned Gas Station

It was all thanks to a gardener, a wagon, and a sense of pandemic-era camaraderie.
June 1, 2021
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poop

What Secrets Lurk Within a Human-Sized Dome of Bat Guano?

Deep in a Jamaican cave, scientists are getting to the bottom of that question.
May 18, 2021
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jellyfish

Walden Pond Is Full of Jellyfish, But Don't Panic

Meet the generally harmless translucent residents of Thoreau's favorite giant puddle.
May 5, 2021
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Argentine Beaches Are Sometimes Speckled With Giant, Pearly Orbs

And that's bad news for the snails that produced them.
May 3, 2021
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citizen science

Scientists Want Your Help Stalking Billions of Cicadas

The Brood X bonanza is almost here, and ecologists will have a lot of work—and bugs—on their hands.
April 22, 2021
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paleontology

The Thorny Problem of Tallying Every T. rex to Ever Live

Here’s why it’s really, really hard to count how many of the apex predators once stalked Earth’s surface.
April 19, 2021
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pandemic

We're Finally Getting a Picture of How Dangerous PPE Is for Wildlife

More than a year into the pandemic, scientists are seeing the impact of disposable gloves and masks on ecosystems.
April 7, 2021
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dissection

The Mystery of 'Harriet Cole'

In 19th-century Philadelphia, an anatomist dissected and mounted a human nervous system. Now researchers are trying to figure out whose remains are stretched out in a glass case.
March 18, 2021
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scientists at work

The U.S. Government Is Begging You to Destroy Moss Balls

Zebra mussels showed up in imported aquarium accessories across 32 states. Ecologists want your help killing them.
March 11, 2021
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bogs

These Bronze Age Bog Beetles Look Like They Just Died Yesterday

Thanks to waterlogged ground, sturdy bodies, and a little luck.
February 26, 2021
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Lovely 'Lake Stars' Shine in Winter's Chill

In search of otherworldly sights? Just find the right icy pond.
February 19, 2021
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lizards

California’s Elusive Urban Lizards Can’t Hide From Citizen Scientists

Researchers mined crowdsourced photos to figure out how city life suits the southern alligator lizard.
February 12, 2021
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trash

Snails, Leeches, and Other Critters Are Right at Home on River Trash

Garbage doesn't belong in water, but in some of Britain's urban areas, it makes for a surprising habitat.
February 11, 2021
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paleontology

In Other Election News, Massachusetts Just Voted on a State Dinosaur

Meet Podokesaurus holyokensis, a prehistoric resident of the Commonwealth.
February 5, 2021
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paleontology

Enter the Lair of an Enormous, Ancient, Predatory Worm

Trace fossils are useful paleontological allies—but they can't tell us everything.
February 4, 2021
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pollution

Brooklyn's Putrid, Beloved Gowanus Canal Has Been a Horror for Centuries

A new $1.5 billion cleanup effort is underway, targeting its "black mayonnaise" of pollutants.
January 14, 2021
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orchids

Meet the World's Least-Charismatic Orchid

This newly described species has been dubbed "the ugliest."
December 31, 2020