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Tortoise found covered in red paint, concrete along Florida road

Authorities in Florida are asking for help after a gopher tortoise was found earlier this week covered in red spray paint and with concrete on its limbs.<p>The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news release on Wednesday that two people came across the tortoise on County Road …

Zoology

Giant group of octopus 'moms' discovered during deep sea expedition: 'It's suicide'

A group of more than 100 octopus "moms" and their eggs were found clustered about 2 miles below the ocean's surface off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica by a group of scientists during a deep-sea expedition.<p>The researchers made the surprising discovery while exploring the Dorado Outcrop, a rocky …

Zoology

World's 'hottest chilli' gives man five weeks of excruciating headaches

Eating one of the world’s hottest chillies can cause five weeks of headaches, scientists have warned after a man was hospitalised.<p>The 34-year-old American patient required emergency treatment for excruciating headaches and neck pain after eating the “Carolina Reaper”, which is as strong as …

Headaches

Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even after …

Zoology

Ancient Humans Had Sex With More Than Just Neanderthals, Study Shows

There's another mysterious species in our ancestry.<p>We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic. Museum exhibits give them wild …

Papua New Guinea

The Same Spider Seemed to Evolve Over and Over Again in Hawaii

There are 14 different species, but they're all pretty much the same.<p>The Hawaiian islands are the world’s most isolated landmass, approximately 2,361 …

Biology

Meet the 5 young British women using Instagram to redefine beauty standards

Instagram can be a dark place, and we're not just referring to the trolls. Scrolling through so many images displaying the same beauty ideals and …

Video of New Tardigrade Species Pooping Looks Like a Rocket Launch

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... a pooping water bear.<p>There’s a reason that people have given the tardigrade cute nicknames like “water bear” and …

Biology

This Is the Worst Roommate Story You’ll Ever Read

<b>Alex Miller’s spare room</b> had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end …

Crime

8 “anti-resolutions” to make this January so that you’re happier in the new year

Author Sarah Knight is a personal hero of mine. While the wider world dove into <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i> and extolled the virtues of …

Genius Company Installs Beehives In Your Living Room, And Here’s How It Works

As you probably know already, the bee population is in a consistent decline and has been for some time, with modern industrial farming methods and …

Free At Last: After 50 Years, Jane Goodall’s Family Has Finally Raised The Ransom Money To Buy Her Back From The Apes

If you’re a fan of Jane Goodall, we’ve got some absolutely incredible news for you! The behavioral scientist may have started her career in the …

A Dr. Seuss-Like Poem About The Woman Who Pulled 14 Worms From Her Eye

Earlier this week, we shared the remarkable story of Abby Beckley — and her run-in with eye worms.<p>When this young woman felt something crawling around in her eyes, she had the presence to remove said worm and then, over the course of a few weeks, not one, not two nor three ... but 14 nematodes came …

Biology

Romeo, World's Loneliest Frog, Is Finally Feelin' The Love

A campaign to raise $15,000 by Valentine's Day to fund a search for Romeo's Juliet before he croaks generated $25,000, according to Global Wildlife …

Mesmerizing Footage of a Tiny Baby Octopus Changing Color as It Bursts Out of Its Egg Sac

On February 6, 2018, a cluster of cephalopod egg sacs at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center began to erupt and a newlyhatched baby octopus …

These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire

Even more proof Australian wildlife is nuts.<p>It's pretty hot in Australia right now. A brutal heatwave that's incinerated temperature records …

Birds

Twitter asserts that it won’t ban Trump because he’s a world leader

Just days after President Trump’s tweets antagonized a foreign adversary over who would be first to start nuclear war, Twitter has addressed calls for the company to ban the chatty, often bellicose U.S. president.<p>In a vague post called “World Leaders on Twitter,” Twitter awkwardly sidestepped the …

Social Media

A High-School Student Just Won $250,000 For This Incredible Explanation of Relativity

This is genius.<p>The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane …

Physics

Tesla the Car Is a Household Name. Long Ago, So Was Nikola Tesla.

A Tesla is an electric car. Just about everybody knows that.<p>But it is less widely known that the car was named for Nikola Tesla, an electrical engineer who was once renowned as the prototype of a genius inventor.<p>While Tesla’s star began to fade long ago, Elon Musk has contributed to something of a …

Tesla

Should You Shower in the Morning, or at Night? Yes.

There were few greater sins in my childhood home than going to bed dirty, though I could sometimes appease my mother by just washing my feet before slipping between the clean sheets. Now, as an adult, I cannot bear to get in bed with the grime of the day clinging to my skin. And I’m not alone.<p>We …

Skin Care
Gorillas

3.6-million-year-old human skeleton found, shocking scientists

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Researchers in South Africa have unveiled what they call “by far the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years ever found.”<p>The University of the Witwatersrand displayed the virtually complete Australopithecus fossil on Wednesday.<p>The skeleton dates …

The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth

Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions. Lumpish, with stunted pectoral fins that they use for ponderously slow swimming in cold and dark Arctic waters, they have blunt snouts and gaping mouths that give them an unfortunate, dull-witted appearance. Many live with worm-like …

Biology

A Stunning Blue Tarantula And Its Friends Were Just Discovered in South America

"Something made me go back."<p>A previously unknown tarantula discovered in the forests of Guyana in South America is absolutely stunning - its legs and …

PHOTOS: Peep At The Toilets Of 7 Families Around The World

If you search for images of "toilet" on Google, you'll get a page of sparkling white ceramic toilets.<p>That's the typical toilet for people in a high-income country. But not every toilet looks like that.<p>To get a better idea of the range of toilets around the world, take a look at Dollar Street. It's …

Personal Hygiene

Scientists investigate how different houses and lifestyles affect which bugs live with us

<b>No need to de-clutter; cats and pups are a-ok</b><p>For the messy among us, rest assured: study findings revealed that tidiness does not play a significant …

Gay Lions? Not Quite

A photograph of two male lions seemingly in an amorous embrace has some humans clutching their pearls.<p>After the release of the photograph, taken in …

Bonobos, Nicest Primates on the Planet, Make Humans Look Like Monsters

"You want to be nice to someone who’s going to be important for you."<p>Among the countless shitty things humans have done in the past year, we’ve …

Evolution

What makes zombie ants obey

Zombie ant fungus doesn’t attack ants’ brains. Instead, the fungus invades an ant’s entire body, forming an interconnected 3-D network, forcing the …

Penn State
Cancer Cells