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How a River Otter Can Bag an Alligator for Lunch

Photos capture an amazing take-down.<p>We've barely recovered from the snake-eats-croc photos, and now this: Photos reveal a river otter in Florida attacking a young alligator, which it then ripped into for lunch.<p>The photos, shot in 2011 in Florida's Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge by a visitor …

Do Plants Sleep?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, mostly because I wrote a story on the topic for the March issue of Popular Science. Sleep, of course, is a key part of our lives as humans. We do it every night (or at least we should). We also see other animals sleep, from our pet dogs snoozing at our …

What Caused the California Earthquake? Faults Explained

Different kinds of faults make different kinds of earthquakes.<p>We all have our faults, and that includes planet Earth. Earthquakes, big and small, rattle the globe every day, most recently making news this week with temblors in northern California.<p>The latest magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck 50 miles …

Royal settlement linked to Sutton Hoo treasures

The home of the Anglo-Saxons who built the world famous burial mounds at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, where a king was laid with golden treasure heaped around him, has been discovered on nearby farmland a few miles from the site.<p>The finds from Rendlesham, which will go on display for the first time this …