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Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)

Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)

As blasphemous and offensive as it seems to say it, birds are pretty samey. Generally speaking, they're small flying things with long forelimbs, proportionally large heads with big, globular braincases, and grasping feet where an enlarged first toe (the hallux) opposes the remaining three...

March 18, 2014 — Darren Naish
Sleuthing The Secrets To A Scrumptious Strawberry

Sleuthing The Secrets To A Scrumptious Strawberry

The other day I went to my local bodega in Brooklyn, New York and bought a 16-ounce plastic carton full of Driscoll’s strawberries. These fruit, the packaging informed me, were grown in Mexico...

March 18, 2014 — Ferris Jabr
Sunday Species Snapshot: Panamanian Golden Frog

Sunday Species Snapshot: Panamanian Golden Frog

These tiny, brightly colored amphibians pack a potent neurotoxin on their skin. That toxin protected them from predators, but it won’t save them from extinction.

March 16, 2014 — John R. Platt
Snake vs. Croc in Real and Hyper-Real Versions

Snake vs. Croc in Real and Hyper-Real Versions

When illustrators embark upon a new illustration, hours of research and work go into constructing a scene that is believable, powerful, and informative.

March 13, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies

Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies

We often turn to dogs and to chimpanzees to understand our species. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives (with bonobos), while centuries of selective breeding have turned dogs into a species uniquely suited to comprehend our own social cues...

March 13, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Roosevelt’s Barking Deer, Unseen for 85 Years, Photographed in Vietnam

Roosevelt’s Barking Deer, Unseen for 85 Years, Photographed in Vietnam

A rare deer species first discovered by the sons of Pres. Teddy Roosevelt 85 years ago has been rediscovered in Vietnam. Camera-trap images of Roosevelt’s muntjacs (aka Roosevelt’s barking deer, Muntiacus rooseveltorum) and other samples collected in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve are the sole record of the species in the country, which was previously known [...]..

March 12, 2014 — John R. Platt

This Is What We Don’t Know About The Universe

In recent days I’ve had some interesting conversations. There’s a giddiness going around, related to an outpouring of science love – the kind you get from President Obama introducing TV science shows, the kind that has wonderful visuals, but is, well, a wee bit simplistic (a sin that none of us could ever, ever be [...]..

March 12, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
How The Elements Got Their Names

How The Elements Got Their Names

I've been a fan of Joe Hanson`s YouTube channel for a long time. It's Okay to Be Smart covers science topics in fun, interesting, and quirky ways - and the latest video is no exception.

March 11, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Amazing Mimic Octopus Caught in Thailand [Video]

Amazing Mimic Octopus Caught in Thailand [Video]

The mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) eluded formal description until 2005. Perhaps it was this banded cephalopod’s incredible impersonation abilities that kept it from science for so long...

March 7, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Hell, Yes: Komodo Dragons!!! (Again)

What with all the monitor-themed goodness around these parts lately (see links below), it seems only fitting that I provide a re-vamped, substantially updated version of this Tet Zoo ver 2 classic (originally published in September 2007)...

March 5, 2014 — Darren Naish
ScienceArt on View in March/April 2014

ScienceArt on View in March/April 2014

A fresh batch of exhibits combining science and art are going up around the country, plus, there’s still time to catch some of the longer running exhibits that go through the middle of 2014...

March 4, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
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