You can let the Trump administration know how you feel about public lands - but only until July 10!Read More
We adore Sammus around here. Like, hella adore. It's in and with that adoration that we share her opening keynote for OSCON, where she starts with a musical performance then breaks into an incredible talk about her own experiences with tech.Read More
You're a shark. Sharks are winners, and they don't look back because they have no necks. Necks are for sheep.
The next time you're walking down the sidewalk and feel the need to get out of some dude's way, do me a favor: don't.Read More
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.Read More
Eat your hearts out, Firstborn.
These bracelets are handmade in Coos Bay, Oregon, and feature bark, shells, flowers and other reminders of the natural world preserved in resin. (The next best thing to sporting some dinosaur DNA jewelery, IMHO.)Read More
They're like Captain America, but terrible.
Okay, this sounds very terrible, but let's put thing in perspective. Sure, mosquitos who ingest blood infused with antibiotics are more likely to live longer, successfully reproduce, and both pick up and pass on the malaria virus at faster rates. But at least it doesn't turn them into SyFy-movie mansquitos? Silver linings, folks.Read More
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like broadband?
Since 2007, Oxford University Press has removed the names of at least 30 plants and animals from its Junior Dictionary in favor of modern words like "broadband" or "cut-and-paste"; and although these changes might reflect the inevitable evolution of the English language, Margaret Atwood is concerned that omitting the natural world from children's vocabularies will have dire consequences.Read More
Don't go into the African fresh bodies of water (especially if you are a defenseless little barnswallow).
Because a meter-long African fish with sixteen razor-sharp teeth wasn't already horrifying, video footage has been taken for the first time proving that the freshwater tigerfish find their hapless prey in the sky as well as underwater. Monsters of the world, shots have been fired.Read More
Graphene continues to impress by showing its ability to create ultrashort pulses of laser light.
We get it, graphene -- you're amazing. We've more or less accepted that there's nothing graphene can't do, but that doesn't stop us from being amazed every time it does something new. It's newest feat is that the super-material can be used to create ultrashort-pulse lasers. Damn, graphene. Save some cool stuff for the other materials to do.Read More
Need a camera that can take a clear picture of the whole landscape before you? They're not easy to make and take a lot of technical know-how. Lowly critters like flies and bees, though, come with these complex devices as standard equipment. Now, a team of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois are taking a cue from those insect eyes to design a next-generation camera lens that can capture extremely sharp images in wide field of view. And before you ask, yes, it's pretty freaky looking.Read More
An international team of researchers have sequenced the genome of the a living fossil and one of the coolest, oldest fish to roam the seas -- the noble coelacanth. Beyond triggering our excitement over pretty much any living fossil-related news, better understanding the DNA of this ancient fish could offer researchers a glimpse into how the earliest land animals made their way out of the primeval seas -- an impressive feat, even if it was only onto the equally primeval beach.Read More
While the sonogram that our own Glen Tickle keeps on his desk proves that he is an adorable and loving father, it's not awesome because it's a sonogram of his daughter, not a dinosaur. We've heard this kid is pretty great, and have no reason to believe otherwise, but she's no dinosaur. Paleontologists with the University of Toronto have discovered a way more awesome embryo to look at on a dig site in China -- dozens of dinosaur fossils in various stages of embryonic development. At 125 million years old, the fossils are the oldest dinosaur embryos ever found and have the potential to teach researchers a great deal about how baby dinosaurs developed. This is, of course, a very important key to us making real-life Jurassic Park at some point in the future, and thus something we need to know all about as soon as possible.Read More
If there is one thing science teaches us, it's that everything horrible is way more horrible once you understand it better. Today's latest case in point: Hepatitis A, a chronic disease that rots away the human liver, has been found to demonstrate an unexpected adaptation that makes it even more horrible. Once it has invaded a host, the virus cloaks itself in the lipid membrane from infected liver cells to hide from the immune system, marking the first time a virus has been found to use a Buffalo Bill-style skin suit as a means of stealth.Read More
Cocaine addiction is notoriously difficult to treat, but researchers working on ways to fight it may have a unexpected new weapon in their arsenal -- lasers. Recent research in the field of optogenetics suggests that using lasers to turn certain parts of the brain on and off could help to curb addicts craving for the drug. Take that, cocaine addiction! Pew pew pew!Read More
Nerve Cells That Make Petting Feel Good Discovered, Learn More While You Watch People Pet Cute Animals [Video]
From YouTube's own Ze Frank -- who brought us last week's revealing True Facts About Morgan Freeman -- comes a miniature nature special that is tailor-made for killing some time while acting like you're hard at work on a Friday afternoon. Get ready to learn some True Facts About The Seahorse, everyone -- it's all moonlight romance and ovipositors and egg-carrying underwater males from here on out, and we think you'll enjoy it.Read More