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Vampire squid, bat caves and sloth pheromones... Inside the Natural History Museum's darkest exhibition yet

It seems like a trivial thing, given the size and importance of the place, but the Natural History Museum is an extraordinarily well-lit building. Consider it, the next time you go. Before nosediving into the site’s 80 million-odd specimens – from microbe to mastodon, whelk to walrus – spread over …

Natural History Museum

Why Did Sterile Salt Water Become The IV Fluid Of Choice?

During a recent walk around the emergency room where I work, I noted the number of patients with bags of intravenous fluids hanging above them. Almost everyone had one.<p>Our ER in Boston isn't unique. IV fluids are among the most common medical interventions worldwide. Several kinds are available, …

Medicine

The Myth of What's Driving the Opioid Crisis

As an addiction psychiatrist, I have watched with serious concern as the opioid crisis has escalated in the United States over the past several …

Meet the world’s weirdest whale

Swimming in the frigid waters of the Arctic and surfacing in narrow gaps in the sea ice to breathe, the narwhal is one of the world’s most elusive …

New National Geographic Video: “Watch Face Paint Tell the Story of Human Evolution in One Minute”

This Worm Evolved Self-Fertilization and Lost a Quarter of Its DNA

Inspecting the tiny roundworms Caenorhabditis briggsae and Caenorhabditis nigoni through a microscope, you’d have trouble telling them apart. Both are about a millimeter long and transparent. On the evolutionary tree, they’re closer together than horses and donkeys.<p>The key distinction between the …

Woman’s ability to smell Parkinson’s disease may move scientists closer to breakthrough

Generally, doctors diagnose Parkinson’s disease by administering neurological and physical examinations. They now may be able to identify it with …

Girl with Asperger’s given toilet paper igloo for Christmas after asking Santa for rolls

<b>An eight-year-old girl with Asperger’s was given her dream Christmas gift – an entire igloo made from toilet paper.</b><p>Maggie Mullan – who also suffers …

Incredibly Rare 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Is About to Appear For The First Time in 150 Years

You don't want to miss this.<p>If you were awestruck by the New Year's Day super moon, hold onto your pants.<p>On January 31, around midnight, the full …

Super Blue Blood Moon

8 strange ice formations

Mother Nature has turned making ice into an art form, complete with abstract and impressionist movements.<p>When it's cold enough for water to turn from …

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