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Invisible Sun

Reading Time: 3 minutes.Should we share learning objectives with pupils? A practice commonly subscribed to by teachers, is to ‘publish’ learning …

Learning

The Verge Review of Animals: the all-female whiptail lizard

Meet the clone army<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>Whiptail lizards are basically the Amazon warriors of the …

Biology

Why I Still Love Pluto

Even though I helped demote it<p>When the <i>New Horizons</i> spacecraft launched toward Pluto in 2006, no one knew that the tagline “the first mission to the last planet” would be short-lived. Except for me. Two weeks earlier I had discovered Eris, an icy body 30 percent more massive than Pluto. It was clear …

Why a halo around the sun or moon?

A large ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a 22-degree halo by scientists.<p>We get many messages throughout each year from people …

Video: Cockroaches have personalities

Some are brave and some are shy.<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky …

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1,400+ new marine creatures identified last year

A global effort to create a consolidated inventory of all existing sea life announced the results of eight years of work.<p>The World Register of Marine …

Woolly mammoth could roam again as extinct DNA merged with elephant

Harvard University spliced recreated genes from a woolly mammoth into the DNA of an elephant and found they functioned normally<p>A major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth has been taken by scientists at Harvard University who have inserted DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic …

How your face betrays your personality and health

We are more than just a pretty face. It turns out the shape, size and even colour of our looks can relay some very important information about our personalities, health and sexuality. David Robson investigates.<p>You might expect a great philosopher to look past our surface into the depths of the soul …

Psychology

If It Feels Like Stress Is Killing You, That's Because It Might Be

When you feel frazzled, so do your organs and cells<p>Chronic stress stems from many circumstances, such as poverty, a bad marriage, or long-term ailments. Its repercussions—elevated cortisol levels and inflammation—can wear us out, from the cellular level on up to our major biological systems.<p>Nervous …

The seven ways to have a near-death experience

Seeing a light and a tunnel may be the popular perception of death, but as Rachel Nuwer discovers, reports are emerging of many other strange experiences.<p>In 2011, Mr A, a 57-year-old social worker from England, was admitted to Southampton General Hospital after collapsing at work. Medical personnel …

Inflammation

The Oldest Living Things On Earth

<i>The photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the world to take pictures of the oldest living organisms on our planet. She described her journey in this TED talk, and now, at last, she’s created a gorgeous new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, published by the University of Chicago</i> …

Dwarf Planet Discovery Hints at Hidden World Orbiting Solar System

Plenty of dwarf planets hide out beyond Pluto, perhaps steered by something much bigger.<p>Discovery of an icy "dwarf" world beyond Pluto hints that a much bigger planet may hide even farther out in the dim reaches of the solar system, astronomers suggested on Wednesday. (Read "Our Solar System" in</i> …

No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

Caviar was once the food of kings and czars — and for a sturgeon, it meant death.<p>But a new technique of massaging the ripe eggs from a female sturgeon — without killing or even cutting the fish open— could make caviar more abundant, more affordable, and more accessible to all.<p>Best of all, says …

Video: A First-Person View Of Falcons Taking Down Crows

Getting minor panic attacks for these crows<p>If you are a crow or an especially pro-crow person, consider averting your gaze. Otherwise, <i>Holy God, look at these crazy falcons attacking crows.</i> (And it's actually for science.)<p>Suzanne Kane, a researcher at Haverford College, recently published a study …

Birds

How electricity helps spider webs snatch prey

Spider webs actively spring towards prey, thanks to electrically conductive glue spread across their surface, Oxford University scientists have …

Environment: News & features

Roll up … the first animal that curled into a ball to take cover

How 500m-year-old trilobite pioneered one of the most successful defences of life on Earth<p>Fossil hunters have unearthed the remains of the first known creature to curl up in a little ball, and so pioneer one of the most successful defensive strategies of life on Earth.<p>No larger than a fingertip, …

10 Credible Mermaid Sightings? (+Videos)

Mermaids have been a subject of fascination for centuries. Cultures from all over the world, that had no contact with each other, have mermaids in …

Top 10 intelligent animals

There are some outstanding animal behaviours in the natural world – from making tools to using leaves as “gloves” to using zebra crossings to crack open nuts.<p>Earth Unplugged runs down its favourite smart animals. (They also apologise for the misspelling of “Orangutan” in this video.)<p><i>For more videos</i> …

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