Cindi Lynn McCoy

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Everything you need to know about shark encounters

Many people are terrified of sharks, but when you look at the odds, those fears seem pretty silly.<p>The average number of people killed annually by sharks is estimated to be about six. (Roughly the same number die from heart disease every 12 seconds.)<p>"More people are killed by things like flower …

This Woman's Definition Of A "Real Mom" Is A Must-Read

Being an amazing parent has nothing to do with DNA. To state the obvious, every single mom is a “real mom” regardless of whether she gave birth to …

The Wild Romp of Abraham Lincoln’s ‘The Bear Hunt’

In 1925, when <i>The Atlantic</i> first published “The Bear Hunt,” the editor’s preface remarked that Abraham Lincoln “neither wrote, nor attempted to write, much verse.” But what he did write ain’t half bad! There’s a reason why American poet Carl Sandburg took up Honest Abe as a muse.<p>To me, Lincoln’s …

Artist's whimsical watercolor animals bring attention to conservation

Cathy Zhang left the corporate world to find her calling as an artist focused on animal portraits.<p>When the corporate rat race got her down, Cathy …

Here’s How You Can Help Save The Bees

With bee populations plummeting worldwide, scientists are desperate to end the plight of the little pollinators. After U.S. beekeepers lost 44% of …

Could a Spacecraft Fly to the Sun?

Humans have sent spacecraft to the moon, Mars and even distant interstellar space, but could we send a spaceship to the scorching sun?<p>The answer is …

Tortoise Takes In Baby Bunny On Cold Night, Begins Beautiful Friendship

The big reptile appears to have bonded with the tiny injured bunny.<p>The tortoise and the hare may have been fierce rivals, but this real-life tortoise and rabbit are nothing but good buds.<p>A small desert cottontail rabbit, which appeared to be about 2 weeks old, mysteriously showed up inside a …

Fossil of pregnant sea creature changes understanding of how reproductive system evolved

An extraordinary fossil unearthed in southwestern China shows a pregnant long-necked marine reptile that lived millions of years before the dinosaurs with its developing embryo, indicating the creature gave birth to live babies rather than laying eggs.<p>Scientists on Tuesday said the fossil of the …

Loch Ness

The Views of Jupiter You Won't Find in a Textbook

NASA spacecraft Juno is providing a fresh look at the gas giant since settling into its orbit last summer.<p>Imagine Jupiter as it’s usually depicted: a bulbous marble, with alternating bands of reds, oranges, yellows, and creams, a few wisps of blue and green, and that unmistakable round spot just …

Astronomy

White House Blocks Listing of Bumble Bee As Endangered Species

The rusty-patched bumble bee was scheduled to be added to the endangered species list on Friday but The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced …

Rescued moose returns every day to the man who saved her life

Tons of heroes rescue abandoned dogs and cats -- but Erikas Plucas' story is a little unconventional.<p>One day, he came home to find a 2-week-old baby moose outside his gate.<p>"The first sight of her was heartbreaking," Plucas, who lives in Lithuania, told The Dodo. "She was starved, dirty, sad, her …

You Have to Read This Mom's Post About How We Raise Boys

After being accused of "babying" her 8-year-old son, this mom wrote a now-viral post about the importance of encouraging our boys to show emotion.<p>I was watching my 11-year-old's basketball game over the weekend when one of the boys on the opposite team tripped on the court and fell smack on his …

Tough new laws will ban the sale of puppies under eight weeks old

The sale of puppies under eight weeks old is to be made illegal under plans to crack down on so-called backstreet breeders and puppy farms.<p>Anyone breeding and selling three or more litters of puppies a year will have to apply for a formal licence under tougher rules announced by Environment …

How a pet chicken helped me understand my autistic son

When my son was in kindergarten in the mid ’90s, my husband and I joined a parenting class for “spirited children” at the University of Washington. Although this course lacked a special needs moniker, we were clearly selected because our child fell somewhere on the autism spectrum. In addition to …

17 Dogs Who Deserve To Be Pet All They Want, Dammit

They deserve scratchies, perhaps behind the ears.

Animals are much smarter than people realise, scientist says

What is the smartest species in the world? You might think it's humans by a long shot, but the reality is a lot more complicated.<p>Frans de Waal, a …

Animals

Curious cows shocked to learn rock is a turtle

Just like humans get used to their homes, cows probably get comfortable in their pastures. All creatures are used to certain things being in their …

A Pioneering Woman of Science Re‑Emerges After 300 Years

Maria Sibylla Merian, like many European women of the 17th century, stayed busy managing a household and rearing children. But on top of that, Merian, a German-born woman who lived in the Netherlands, also managed a successful career as an artist, botanist, naturalist and entomologist.<p>“She was a …

NASA Packs More Than 100 Photos of Pluto Into 1 Stunning Video!

Ever wonder what it'd be like to land on Pluto? Thanks to NASA's video, now you can — well, virtually, at least. The video combines more than 100 images captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to give viewers multiple different views of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. The spacecraft finally …

Solar System

See What the Huygens Spacecraft Saw When it Landed on Saturn's Moon

Scientists used images from the probe to recreate its descent onto Titan.<p>Perhaps the most exciting part of the Cassini spacecraft's 12-and-a-half years orbiting Saturn was back in December 2004, when the mothership deposited the European Space Agency's Huygens probe. Twenty days later, in January …

Compassionate Villagers Knit Giant Sweaters to Keep Rescue Elephants Warm

Thanks to some compassionate craftspeople, the rescue elephants living at the Wildlife SOS Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, India have been extra cozy during a recent bout of cold weather. In order to keep the pachyderms—who, prior to taking up residence at the sanctuary, tragically …

Why chickens deserve more respect

New review of research reveals intelligence and social complexity.<p>Chickens have a reputation for being, well ... bird-brained. But a comprehensive …

The US navy is retraining its mine-hunting dolphins to help save an elusive, endangered species

Everything is fair in war, even deploying dolphins. Since the 1960s, the US navy has run a marine-mammal program that trains dolphins and sea lions to achieve feats that even the best machines can’t: sniffing out mines, navigating when lost in the open sea, and acting as security guards for …

Earth - The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous

Giving birth can be a long and painful process. It can also be deadly. The World Health Organization estimates that about 830 women die every day because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth – and that statistic is actually a 44% reduction on the 1990 level.<p>"The figures are just …

Five Fun Facts About The Real Birds Of 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' Fame

Some interesting (non-election and non-political) things to talk about with your relatives over the holidays<p>Once again, Christmas is charging down upon us all like a rampaging rhinoceros. This year is especially challenging for me because I am in the process of relocating to Norway. At this moment …

Historic Pictures Show the Hidden Women of the Space Race

Gifted in math, these African-American women were shattering stereotypes during the earliest days of NASA’s mission to the moon and beyond.<p>As a girl growing up in rural West Virginia, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted everything: the steps between her house and the road, the number of …

Space Exploration

The 10 Strangest Science Stories of 2016

1 of 11<p>Strange science<p>News of alien planets, strange sounds from the seafloor and a bizarre new state of matter turned 2016 into a strange year, …

Voyager Probes Are Still Making Amazing Discoveries

In August 2012, Voyager 1 went where no human-made object has gone before: it crossed the “heliopause,” the outermost edge of the Sun’s heliosphere, …

These 9 space facts will change your perception of the universe

Space is so unfathomably large and so unbelievably weird, that it can sometimes be difficult to convey basic facts. For example, you can fit all of our solar system's planets in the space between the Earth and our moon. Here are 9 facts that may bewilder and dumbfound your perceptions of</b> …

5 Gross Animals That Won Our Hearts in 2016

Animals are caught on tape stuffing their faces, vomiting profusely, and being generally creepy in our picks for gross videos of the year.<p>You just can’t look away.<p>This year our eyes were riveted to videos of animals at their wildest—and grossest. From the python that tried to swallow an antelope to …

Insects