Miranda Blevins

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Our All-Time Favorite Volcano Pictures

National Geographic digs into its archives to find the most stunning and surprising photographs of volcanoes around the world.

Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend: Do We Really Need It?

Changing our clocks twice a year doesn't really save energy, for starters.<p>It's that time again: Across most of the United States, daylight savings time (DST) will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, when clocks will fall back to standard time.<p>Most American clocks will spring forward again in early …

A week of solar flares at one giant sunspot

The biggest sunspot on the face of the sun in more than two decades erupted on October 26 with its sixth substantial flare in a week.<p>A giant active …

Mindsuckers: On Sinister Pond

Video: Bionic Boots That Let You Run Up To 25 MPH

At Maker Faire 2014, inventor Keahi Seymour shows how his ostrich-inspired robotic boots give him a speed boost<p>Ever wanted to run like an ostrich? When Keahi Seymour was a teenager, he decided to create shoes that would let him emulate the birds’ springy gait and match their top speed—45 miles per …

Mindsuckers

It is as astonishing as it is sad to watch a ladybug turn into a zombie. Normally ladybugs are sophisticated and voracious predators. A single individual may devour several thousand aphids in a lifetime. To find a victim, it first waves its antennae to detect chemicals that plants release when …

Researchers: A massive amount of BP oil is coating the bottom of the Gulf

Oil is splattered for miles surrounding the spill’s source, a new study finds (updated0<p>Remember last week, when BP was patting itself on the back for its "unprecedented response" to a disaster of its own making, and assuring us all that, four years after its massive oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico is …