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Bill Nye Shows Us the Most Important Part of Science—Adapting in Light of New Information

It's pretty amazing that Bill Nye, who for many of us provided an awesome introduction to science when we were kids, has continued to fight the good fight on behalf of science well into our adulthoods. Part of that fight, it seems, is retroactively correcting outdated ideas and methods of presentation in light of new scientific information.

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Ocean Explorers Explain Why Going Into the Deep Sea Benefits Us All

Pioneers in ocean exploration Robert Ballard and Sylvia Earle talk about why it's essential that we pay attention to oceanography at this critical moment.

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Monday Cute: Scientists Can’t Handle How Cute This Stubby Squid Is

EVNautilus spotted a "Stubby Squid" or rossia pacifica off the coast of California where scientists proceed to melt at its cuteness.

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Seattle Aquarium Cancels Octopus Mating Display Over Fears of Octo-Cannibalism

Celebrate Valentine's Day with some good old all-American cannibalism.

This story's just like the label says: the Seattle Aquarium has cancelled their yearly Valentine's Day octopus mating demonstration because they were afraid the male octopus, Kong, is way too big and might eat his mate instead.

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The Mary Sue Interview: Biologist, Science Vlogger, and GE Creator-in-Residence Sally Le Page

If you're not familiar with Sally Le Page yet, you're in for a treat. The host of "Shed Science," a YouTube series that looks at animals' sex lives (and other fascinating elements of the natural world!) in an accessible and informative manner, Le Page is now sharing her talents with a whole new audience in her role as General Electric's Creator-in-Residence.

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BrainCraft Looks at Four Lesser-Known Scientific Discoveries (and the Rad Ladies that Made Them!)

*Bill Nye voice:* NOW YOU KNOW!

Go forth and wow everyone with your knowledge of achievements made by women in psychology, neuroscience, and biology!

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So Many People Threw Pennies Into This Yellowstone Hot Spring That It Changed Colors

It's the slowest Mood Ring of all time.

To be fair, perhaps we as a nation karmically brought this upon ourselves by naming the place "Yellowstone."

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Ph.D. Student’s Interpretive Dance of Her Tornado Research Wins Contest, Also Wins the Internet

My research will be into why this contest isn't called PhDance.

The "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, sponsored by Science journal publisher AAAS, tasks students with expressing their research through, well, dance. This year's winner was biologist Uma Nagendra, who just happens to have a leg—and several other limbs—up on the rest of the competition with her double life as a circus aerialist. Hit the jump for a priceless music video about mayonnaise that also came in as a finalist.

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Study Reveals Mammals May Sense The Distress Calls Of Other Species’ Babies

Yub nub!

Many of us know the rush of compassion that comes with hearing a young mammal's cries of distress (or, God help me, watching that one Sarah McLachlan commercial), but we might not be the only creature in the animal kingdom that is influenced by other species' calls.

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Thank You, Hera: Science May Have Fixed Nutella’s Supply/Demand Problem

We need to start rationing waffles. Now.

We now have the resources for hella Nutella.

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Sixth Grade Girl’s Viral Science Fair Project May Have Plagiarized Previous Research

I knew that baking soda volcano was too good to be true!

Today in "tricky but nonetheless important news," the media might have been a little hasty in lauding the discoveries of sixth-grader Lauren Arrington. The 12-year-old's science fair project went viral for its discovery that invasive lionfish are capable of traveling into estuaries, but an adult biologist is reluctantly coming forward to say that information isn't new--in fact, he discovered it himself four years ago.

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Are You Alone In the Universe? This Animated Short Doesn’t Think So [VIDEO]

Consider the Following

Munich design collective KurzGesagt has a lot of super-deep questions they'd like to ask you about life, the universe, and everything. But don't panic: they also have a lot of answers for you, as evidenced by this gorgeously rendered animated short about the biology, chemistry, astronomy, and philosophy that directly go into making you the complex life form you are. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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The Brain Scoop Is Here To Teach Us About The Biological Side Of Breastfeeding [Video]

A Series of Fallopian Tubes

Given that it's Mother's Day in the US, what could be more appropriate than a scientific discussion about breastfeeding? Granted, as the video notes, not all mothers breastfeed, and that's okay. But if you're interested in the biological history of human child-rearing, host Emily Graslie and her guest Dr. Robert Martin have got the intellectual nourishment you need.

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How Your Body Fights Viruses: An Animation [Video]

Don't be so antigenistic, viruses! Eh? Ehhhhhh?

Okay, wait. Your body doesn't fight viruses with an animation. Otherwise Osmosis Jones would be required viewing for all biology classes, and nobody wants that. But as this TED-Ed video explains using easy-to-understand visual metaphors, the way your cells create antibodies to fight off invading viruses is pretty ingenious.

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Biologists Discover The Giantest Of All Giant Squirrels

I can see the Syfy Original Movie already.

Forget Megashark vs. Giant Octopus - we've got something even more terrifying to occupy your nightmares, and this one really exists. A team of biologists, apparently determined to make the world uncomfortable, has found a new species of flying squirrel which is the biggest squirrel species ever - and this sucker is big.

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Poo-Sniffing-Dog Helps Biologists Monitor Animal Populations

We can't imagine how psyched he was to land this gig.

Tucker is a poo-sniffing-canine-biology-detective, which sounds like the title of a new Nickelodeon TV Series -- although they'd probably drop "poo sniffing" from the title (I mean, he's a dog. We get it). In real life, though, Tucker really does sniff out the poo of other animals for science instead of standard dog reasons.

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Just When You Thought it Was Safe: Disembodied Snake Heads Can Function, Bite Themselves

Your nightmare fuel for the day!

Not too long ago we learned that turtles can live happy healthy lives with two heads, and now we know that a snake's head will bite its body right before dying. If you didn't think snakes could be more horrifying, check out this video and get ready to be proven wrong. I highly suggest listening to "Snake Eater" while watching.

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Apes Apparently Use The Breaststroke While Swimming Just Like We Do

Motion capture for the new Donkey Kong Country game?

On TV and in movies, you can see various types of primates doing all kinds of athletic things like climbing trees, swinging from vines, even playing hockey. But swimming? That's pretty rare, but it happens.. Allow Cooper the chimpanzee and Suryia the orangutan to demonstrate their swimming technique for you.

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Open Worm Wants You to Help Build an Electronic Model of a Living Creature

There are plenty of things about the world of biology that remain a mystery to us, but if you're looking for a creature that researchers understand very well, you could do worse than Caenorhabditis elegans. A microscopic worm that is one of the simplest lifeforms on the planet, C. elegans is also one of the most thoroughly studied. While researchers have a ton of data, a team of scientists is spearheading a project they hope can offer an unprecedented look into the inner workings of this little worm -- they want to build a full, working, digital model of the creature they can run research simulations on, and they want your help to do it. 

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Barnacles Throw Sperm At One Another To Reproduce

Since they spend their entire lives glued to one spot -- be it a rocky shore or the hull of your uncle's fishing boat -- barnacles have had to develop breeding techniques that let them get a little action without leaving the comfort of home. Those techniques, from the hermaphroditism that is common in most barnacle species to the enormous penises -- as long as four times the length of their own body -- boasted by the creatures have long fascinated researchers studying sex in the animal kingdom. One species of barnacle, though, has just been found to demonstrate a never-before-seen sexual behavior that will have biology students giggling into their textbooks for years to come. The practice, in which barnacles produce sperm and simply fling it into the water hoping for the best, is known as spermcasting, and if it's found to be widespread in other species, it could rewrite the book on barnacle sex.

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