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Have you ever seen a chiton crawl?! #MolluscMonday from our fab #CoCoastWales citizen scientist, Al, who took this awesome video of a chiton! https://t.co/AksPp5n4Ht

What a Scientist Learned From Studying the ‘Synchronized Swimming of Sea Monkeys’

John Dabiri isn’t an oceanographer. And he’s not a biologist. But for more than a decade, he’s been studying tiny shrimp swimming through water. It hasn’t always been easy.<p>In 2014, he found his research on small crustaceans under the powerful microscope of Tom Coburn, then a Republican senator from …

Synchronized Swimming

Scientists Genetically Engineered Flies to Ejaculate Under Red Light

Their experiments confirm that sex is pleasurable, even for animals we think of as simple.<p>Humans have spent a lot of time figuring out ways to get animals to ejaculate. They have fashioned artificial vaginas, inserted electric probes, and donned helmets that encourage birds to hump their heads. …

Biology

Researchers Successfully Using 3D Printing to Study Complex Animal Behaviors

While we’ve seen the effects that 3D printing can have on human mating rituals, the technology can also be used to help with animal breeding …

3D Printing

Send Us Your Ideas for Dealing With Minnesota’s Rogue Bog

A floating menace in a lake needs your attention.<p>Minnesota has a bog problem. After we ran writer Andrea Appleton’s story about “The wild beast of …

Summer Camp

New Bird of Paradise Species Has Smooth Dance Moves

To woo a female, this bird flips up his cape, puffs out his chest, and shimmies his little feet.<p>It's hard to find a more superb bird than the superb bird of paradise.<p>Males have an elaborate courtship ritual, during which they spread out their black cape until only a bright blue breast plate and …

Birds

Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

A new study warns it has become a “highly altered, degraded system.”<p>Once upon a time, there was a city so dazzling and kaleidoscopic, so braided and water-rimmed, that it was often compared to a single living body. It clustered around a glimmering emerald spine, which astronauts could glimpse from …

Global Warming

6 solar roads shaking up infrastructure around the world

Roads aren’t just for walking or driving anymore. Solar road or pathway projects around the world are showing that streets can both provide firm …

Clean Energy

Turtle With Green Mohawk Faces Extinction

On a list of endangered reptiles, the Mary river turtle turned heads, but it's only one of many facing extinction.<p>Unbeknownst to the Mary river turtle, the Australian species has been labelled a punk.<p>Perhaps it's the little green mohawk, made of algae strands that grow on its body, or the novel …

Zoology

New method predicts evolution

Predicting chance-driven evolution seems impossible. Nevertheless, scientists from AMOLF in Amsterdam and the ESPCI in Paris have succeeded in making …

Biology

National flood insurance is underwater because of outdated science

FEMA program continues to be financially unviable until it uses the latest research to help fix its broken system<p>The National Flood Insurance Program, which covers some 5.2 million property holders in the U.S., was slated to get a badly needed overhaul today. The Senate’s task — which includes …

Extreme Weather

Gigantic "scorpions" hunted in ancient seas

During much of the early history of life in the Paleozoic Era, animals with backbones did not exist. Therefore the oceans were filled with all manner …

Zoology

Why Did a Venomous Fish Evolve a Glowing Eye Spike?

In 2003, Leo Smith was dissecting a velvetfish. Smith, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Kansas, was trying to figure out the …

University of Washington

Stunning drops in solar, wind costs mean economic case for coal, gas is ‘crumbling’

Things are only going to get tougher for gas and coal compared to renewables.<p>Prices for solar, wind, and battery storage are dropping so rapidly that …

Renewable Energy

About half of Americans don’t think climate change will affect them — here’s why

It’s a mixture of politics and psychology<p>More than half of Americans seem to think that climate change won’t affect them personally, a new poll shows. Only 45 percent think that global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, and just 43 percent say they worry a great deal about …

Climate

Leaked EPA email tells staff to play up climate denial, ignore actual data

It's no secret that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt disagrees with the overwhelming evidence tying human emissions …

Climate Change

Four-legged 'hugging snake' could be a missing link

A newly-discovered fossilised four-legged snake has been found, with palaeobiologists claiming it could be the missing link between ancient snakes …

Paleontology

Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States

Wind, solar, and storage could meet 90–100% of America’s electricity needs<p>In order to combat climate change, we need to rapidly move from fossil fuel energy to clean, renewable energy. The two energy sources I am most interested in are wind and solar power; however, there are other sources that …

Renewable Energy

One of World's Dirtiest Oil Sources Wants to Go Green

One of the most aggressive campaigns to fight global warming is happening in a Canadian province. There’s just one problem: the same place is also …

Fossil Fuels

Meet ‘Chirocopter’: a drone that flies within swarms of bats

Wildlife biologists have put drones to work counting whales, checking bird nests, and nabbing poachers. Now, they’ve designed a drone that can hover …

Here's the real poop on tardigrades | Science News

The Third Education Revolution

Schools are moving toward a model of continuous, lifelong learning in order to meet the needs of today’s economy.<p>When the giant Indian technology-services firm Infosys announced last November that it would open a design and innovation hub in Providence, the company’s president said one of the key …

High School

Uniformity in variety: Figures

<b>FIGURE 1.</b> Schematic map of the Mediterranean with the island of Crete indicated with an oblong and showing the fossil sites with antler remains of …

Scientists Discover a Hidden Ocean 'Twilight Zone' Filled With Unknown Fish

A whole new world to explore.<p>It's always been there, but a layer of the ocean is so distinct from the waters above and below it that it needed its …

Heartbreaking image shows ranger comforting world's last male northern white rhino Sudan before he died

Aged 45 and struggling with a severe leg infection, Sudan the last male Northern white rhino in the world took his final breaths.<p>An inspirational …

A judge asks basic questions about climate change. We answer them

California judge William Alsup put out a list of questions for a climate change ‘tutorial’ in a global warming case<p>California is a hotbed of climate change activism, so it perhaps wasn’t a surprise to see the cities of San Francisco and Oakland sue the world’s largest oil companies last year for …

Climate Change

Ancient humans had sex and interbred with a mysterious group known as the Denisovans more than once, new research has found

The more we learn about ancient human history, the more we see that <i>Homo sapiens</i> is not a unique species that stands apart from the rest of the evolutionary tree.<p>As our early ancestors spread around the globe and encountered other early hominin species like the Neanderthals, we interbred with them …

Anthropology