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islands week

This Tiny Volcanic Island Is the Ultimate Natural Laboratory

Only careful, highly trained scientists ever set foot on Iceland's Surtsey.
March 07, 2018
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boats

The Effort to Bring Sail Freight Back to New York’s Hudson River

What's old is new again.
October 31, 2017
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vampires

The Myth of a Medical Explanation for Vampirism

The problem is that real people suffer from these conditions.
October 30, 2017
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earthquakes

Simulating What Could Happen When the 'Really Big One' Hits the Pacific Northwest

When the Cascadia subduction zone slips, the effects will vary based on where and how.
October 23, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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genetics

Scientists Look to the Grape Genome for Clues About Its Past

Domestication turned out pretty well for grapes, and for us.
October 20, 2017
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fossils

We Now Have Evidence That Birds Preened Their Plumage 48 Million Years Ago

Did feathered dinosaurs do the same?
October 19, 2017
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smells

Waterbuck-Scented Cologne Can Protect Cows From Tsetse Fly Bites

How a new fragrance can help ward off a fatal disease.
October 18, 2017
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dolphins

Whale and Dolphin Cultures Are Products of Big Brains

More grey matter means more complex social interactions.
October 17, 2017
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reptiles

We Now Have Evidence That Alligators Like Chomping on Sharks

Gators rarely pass up a snack.
October 16, 2017
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geysers

Scientists Are Just Beginning to Understand How Old Faithful Works

The deeper structure of Yellowstone's most famous geyser has long been a mystery.
October 13, 2017
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science

Mountain Lions Are Way More Social Than We Thought

The big cats have been spotted sharing meals.
October 13, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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chemicals

Scientists Have Figured Out What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Delicious

One of the key molecules smells like egg whites.
October 12, 2017
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climate change

Volcanic Eruptions That Shaped Oregon May Have Had a Chilling Effect

A massive amount of sulfur gas probably impacted climate around the world.
October 11, 2017
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genetics

Scientists Have Found Some of the Genes That Make Us So Complex

The root difference between us and worms.
October 11, 2017
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science

There Are Parasites That Turn Marsh-Dwelling Shrimp Into Orange Zombies

And nitrogen pollution can make the infections even more common.
October 10, 2017
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bacteria

A Sea Scum Bloom Off Australia Can Be Seen From Space

The massive strands of microbes are actually a vital part of the global nitrogen cycle.
October 09, 2017
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oceans

The Ocean's Low-Oxygen Dead Zones Are Getting Worse, Just Like Wildfires

So scientists are starting to track them that way.
October 06, 2017
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genetics

Scientists Want to Make Sure They're Breeding the Right Giant Stick Insects

DNA says that even though they look different, the bugs from two different islands are one and the same.
October 06, 2017
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antarctic

Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic Expedition May Have Been Sabotaged

New evidence suggests his second-in-command was to blame.
October 05, 2017
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nobel prize

The Existential Horror Created by the First X-Ray Images

"I have seen my death!"
October 05, 2017
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aviation

Some Pilots Are Using Their Flight Paths to Draw in the Sky

It has to be some of the largest artwork ever created.
October 04, 2017
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hunting

Scientists Have Dug Through Dragonfly Droppings to Figure Out What They Eat

Wait, no one knew exactly what dragonflies eat?
October 03, 2017
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sheep

The Mysterious Tree Carvings of America's Basque Sheepherders

Arborglyphs document a lonely life out West.
October 03, 2017
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asteroids

The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Comet

The key to solving the puzzle was meteor showers.
October 02, 2017