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What is a hurricane?

Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones are powerful tropical storms that cause billions of pounds of damage every year and kill hundreds. Here we look at what they are<p>The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo are due to hit Britain this week, while Tropical Cyclone Ana narrowly missed Hawaii last weekend. In …

Ants and bees are evolutionary 'sisters' - Futurity

Ants and bees are more closely related to each other than they are to social …

Zoology

World’s first mapping of rare plants in the Americas

California, Mexico, the Caribbean islands, parts of the Andes, the south of South America, and the region around Rio de Janeiro have many rare …

Biodiversity

China's Cockroach Farms Are A Glimpse Into Our Protein Future

The environmentally friendly way to farm<p>You've heard the arguments. Insects are cheap to grow, easy on the environment, and high in protein and minerals. In contrast, livestock such as pigs and cows are expensive, produce noxious chemicals such as methane and ammonia, and take up land and grains …

What the Shutdown Did to Science

The government shutdown is over for now, and federal employees are going back to work. But the 16-day lapse in federal funding has already hurt many areas of science.<p><b>Now that Congress has finally gotten its act together</b>, reopened the government, and temporarily averted economic disaster, the …

Robots Are Already Figuring Out Your Personality

All the better to make you comfortable.<p>I worked at a university donations call center for a while in college. I asked graduates (a lot of graduates) for money (usually not a lot of money).<p>By and large, people were friendlier than you'd expect, considering I'd be calling them at 9:30 p.m. and …

Look for Orionid meteors this month

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2017, the peak morning is probably October 21. But start watching now, before …