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Unknown species: Giant jellyfish, pink blobs and a fish with teeth - Top five creatures that scientists do not understand

Every now and then, a species turns up and scientists just have not got a clue what it is, whether it be because they have the same characteristics …

Titanosaurs: the largest animals ever to walk the Earth

A new species of dinosaur discovered in Argentina is forcing scientists to tackle some improbable questions<p>How do you eat a skip full of food every day without ever chewing? How do you walk on tiptoes when you’re the length of four London buses? How do you have sex when you weigh 70 tons? While the …

Paleontology

RANKED: The 10 best movies of 2015

I was there for all of it and have to admit that there was more good than bad.<p>With so much interesting filmmaking, it was tough to come up with just 10 favorites of the year, but here they are — along with a few others that deserve recognition.

Kurt Cobain

Beautifully Endless Looping GIFs Created by a Legally Blind Artist

Native American artist George Redhawk creates eerily beautiful gifs even though he's legally blind. With help from computer software, the designer utilizes the art of gif-making to show others how he sees the world as a man who suddenly lost his sight. “It's an artistic expression of the confusion …

Digital Art

This Marine Biologist Photographs Rare, Otherworldly Oceanic Creatures

While scientists, explorers, and Google Earth have mapped much of the terrestrial world, the expanses of the sea remain a great mystery. Marine biologist Alexander Semenov, head of the dive team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station, has dedicated his career not only to closing …

Google Earth

Alexander Semenov Continues to Photograph the Earth’s Most Fragile Marine Wildlife Near the Arctic Circle | Colossal

<p>For the last several years, marine photographer Alexander Semenov (previously) has lead the divers team at Moscow State University’s White Sea …

Arctic Circle

Early Signs Of Pregnancy During The First 2 Weeks

To see a comprehensive list of the early signs of pregnancy, within the first two weeks, have a look here—this guide will help you figure it out.

Octopi are aliens that live on Earth

An alien on Earth<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>Are octopi aliens? Maybe! After all, they’re the most …

Zoology

How you can help rescue wolves, toucans and other wildlife -- and also see the world

Animals melt our hearts, especially when they're in distress, but after a tear or two, then what? Taking action that allows us to shake off that helpless feeling and turn our angst into action can be both life-changing and life-affirming. Here are seven volunteer opportunities that not only allow …

The Strange, Ethically Ambiguous World of Biological Art

Australian artist Oron Catts is at the bleeding edge—literally—of a discipline that meddles with life for the sake of art.<p>When Oron Catts exhibited <i>Victimless Leather Jacket</i> at MoMA in 2008, it was not without controversy. It was a highly acclaimed work of "biological art," which uses and …

Biotechnology

Tiny, Sophisticated Human Brain Grown In A Dish

It’s as advanced as the brain of a five-week-old fetus<p>Researchers from Ohio State University have made the most sophisticated lab-grown brain yet, according to results presented yesterday at the 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium. It could provide a new way to understand how genes and …

Amazing footage debunks the 200-year-old theory of how hummingbirds get their food

These tiny birds can suck 10 drops of nectar out of a flower every 15 milliseconds, researchers at the University of Connecticut recently discovered. For nearly two centuries, scientists have thought the birds used a much slower "wicking" technique, LiveScience reported.<p>It turns out that …

Birds

Zoo Addiction

If there is one thing I love, it’s a captivating tale of science fiction. The television series ‘<b>Zoo</b>,’ based on a <b>novel by James Patterson</b>, is such a …

University of Michigan

What's the Universe Made Of? Math, Says Scientist

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is math? …