John Griffin

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Why Do Animals—Including Your Dog—Eat Poop?

Most snack on feces because it contains some undigested food—and thus vital nutrients—that would otherwise go to waste, experts say.<p>With so many nice things to eat in the world, why would any animal look at the menu and order a number two?<p>For Saturday's Weird Animal Question of the Week, we're …

How Geology Gives Rise Repeatedly to Monster Earthquakes in Nepal

The causes of the catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal are rooted in the same geological phenomenon that draws nearly a million tourists to the remote region every year: the crash of continental plates that produced the highest mountains in the world.<p>Hundreds of millions of years ago, what is now the …

Daspletosaurus tyrannosaurs fought, ate each other: researcher

Analysis of the battle-scarred skull of a large tyrannosaur found in Alberta suggests the carnivores fought each other viciously in life and snacked …

Scientists Have Created Chickens With Dinosaur Snouts

No, this is not the plot of the new Jurassic Park movie<p>Birds have an amazing array of beaks, from the curved snout of a flamingo, to the delicate and deadly beak of an owl, to the rounder snout of the dino-chicken.<p>If you haven't heard of a dino-chicken before, don't feel bad. It was only recently …

Dinosaurs

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.<p>We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …

Built Environment

Chile braces for potential third volcano eruption

Chilean authorities have said they fear a new crater could be opened up on the Calbuco volcano - potentially triggering a violent new eruption.<p>A day after Calbuco erupted for the first time in more than 50 years on Wednesday night - and then subsequently erupted again several hours later early on …

Chile volcano: Calbuco pictures show fire, lightning and ash-clogged streets

Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, covering this small town with thick soot and raising concerns that the dust could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses and ground more flights.<p>Ensenada, in the foothills of the volcano, looked …

Natural Disasters

Calbuco volcano in Chile erupts

Amazing photos and videos of Chile’s Calbuco volcano, which began erupting Wednesday for the first time in over 42 years.<p>After remaining dormant for …

Two huge magma chambers spied beneath Yellowstone National Park

Underneath the bubbling geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming sits a volcanic hot spot that has driven some of the largest …

National Parks

News

Why Do Plant-Eating Gorillas Have Big, Sharp Teeth?

We're delving into the choppers of the animal world for Weird Animal Question of the Week.<p>For Weird Animal Question of the Week, we’re sinking our teeth into two reader queries about animal choppers.<p>First we have six-year-old Henry from Denver, Colorado, who asked: “Since gorillas are herbivores, …