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Your Weird Animal Questions Answered

<b>Have a mad question about March hares? Something about squirrels driving you nuts? Want the poop on dung beetles?</b><p>Welcome back to Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, in which we answer a few of your awesome animal inquiries each week. Let’s jump right in, because the first question is about dolphins.<p><b>Do</b> …

Elizabeth Kolbert On The Vanishing Of Species

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, talks with Popular Science's reporter about the prehistory and the present of mass species die-offs<p>Elizabeth Kolbert writes about ecological disasters-in-progress with such perception and verve that readers come away wanting more. Al Gore recently …

Over The Past 60 Years, A Reef Island Has Grown Out Of The Sea

It is now stable and vegetated. Great job, island!<p>How old are you? Are you of retirement age yet? If so, in your lifetime, an island has been reborn, sand grain by sand grain.<p>Between 1945 and 2010, a sediment deposit in the Pacific Ocean grew to become a "fully vegetated and stable island," two …

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

6 Chemical Reaction GIFs That Will Make You a Smarter Person

Remember how much fun your high school chemistry class was? Neither do we. But that may be because there weren't enough explosions. Well, nowadays, …

Chemistry

Antique Victorian microscope slides

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Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

Mysteries of the Unseen World

The current René Magritte exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC (which concludes on 12 January), titled "The Mystery of the Ordinary," showcased surrealist paintings by the Belgian artist that challenged the way the viewer would perceive the "ordinary." In a similar—and more …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

GIF Animations

Nurit Bar-Shai's "Chemical Tweets" Are Gorgeous, Microorganismal Art

The biochemist's latest exhibition, "Sound To Shape," is a visual investigation of microscopic life<p>Nurit Bar-Shai’s <i>Objectivity [tentative]</i> is a movement inspired by the biochemical work of Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv University in the artist’s native Israel. The project celebrates the …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

7 Totally Awesome (and Terrifying) Objects Under a Microscope

Source: The Atlantic<p>Whether in black and white or saturated with color and light, even the most commonplace of objects assume new, ornate features …

The Art of Science: the stunning interiors of fish - in pictures

Prof Adam Summers uses marine specimens as the medium in a project which not only captures the beauty of the sea creatures but also reveals the anatomical structure for research and learning

Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks Look Incredible Under A Microscope

Whether you're a fan of cocktails, beers, liquors or a fine wine, since the dawn of time alcohol has played a key role in being the social lubricant …

Ronan the sea lion still rockin’ to a variety of beats

We knew Ronan could keep a beat. A new video presents Ronan’s ability to respond to a familiar song at a range of unfamiliar tempos.<p>Last year we met …

How the last members of a species were stuffed, archived, and forgotten

When an entire species dies out there is, inevitably, mathematically, a last one. Over at the <i>Krulwich Wonders</i> blog on NPR, the host of <i>Radio Lab,</i> Robert Krulwich, examines three stories of the final, solitary living example of an extinct species. The very last auk, passenger pigeon, and Tasmanian …

Underdogs of the Animal World: Sea Cow

The first thing you need to know about sea cows is that their nickname is accurate. I know right? Sea cows are so called because they spend their …

Cows

UPDATED: Costa Rica wants to close its zoos and free all captive animals

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>Costa Rica announced in 2013 that it will become the first country in the world to close down its zoos and free all captive …

Costa Rica

The 9 Freakiest Robot Animals In The World

Why build an entirely new robot when you can just copy nature?<p>That's the idea behind biomimicry, or engineering robots that imitate lifeforms. For example, when scientists are trying to find ways to propel an aquatic robot through water or give an airborne robot flight, they might look to animals …

NASA Develops Star Trek-Inspired Gadgets That Can Heal Injured Astronauts and Eliminate Animal Testing

Trekkies may remember the dermal regenerator that Dr Beverley Crusher used to heal a wound on Commander Riker’s face in Star Trek: The Next …

Star Trek

Wildlife sanctuary staff care for injured animals after Victoria bushfires – in pictures

Mark Smith spent time with a group of volunteer wildlife carers at Pastoria East wildlife shelter as they nurse animals back to health after the bushfires in Victoria. Carers Chris Litchfield and Marcus Ward dressed the burned feet of kangaroos, tended to singed koalas, fed dehydrated possums and …

Bizarre mating rituals in the animal kingdom

Underdogs of the Animal World: Brown Rats

So, rats are awesome and we can all go home now, right? Okay, fine, I suppose I might have a teensy bit more convincing to do. But look at their …

Animals

Dancing Animals Help Tell Us Why Music Evolved

In the search for how and why music evolved in humans, scientists are trying to see if animals can keep a beat.<p><b>Like cat videos, it's pretty easy to stumble over dancing animal videos online. Are these animals really hearing the music and keeping a beat, or are they merely moving around at someone</b> …

Animal Photos Of The Week: German Shepherd Puppy Plays In The Snow

<b>Some of the most popular animal stories from the last week include:</b><p>Crocodiles can climb trees to hunt prey from above or below, researchers discovered.<br>• More than 150 intellectuals urged the U.S., Mexico and Canada to protect threatened Monarch butterfly populations.<br>• Groups squared off over a …

Discussing The Pinocchio Lizard, And Other "Extinct" Animals That I Totally Didn't Make Up

The Pinocchio Lizard told a lie: While people assumed this reptile from Ecuador was extinct, he was just hiding for 50 years! While he was first …

New Mexico

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

Red Sky at Night: The Science of Sunsets

A meteorologist explains why the sky is sometimes so colorful.<p><b>On a recent autumn night here in Washington, D.C., the sun seemed to personify a Dylan Thomas poem: Do not go gentle into that good night ... Rage, rage against the dying of the light. The scarlet skies inspired many viewers to grab</b> …