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The Single Birds’ Bar

The Single Birds’ Bar

The evolution of super-black feathers in birds-of-paradise Just like a teenager before a first date, male birds-of-paradise spend hours checking their looks and practicing their dance moves. But unlike a teenager, who might change clothes five times before leaving the

Thinking on Four Feet

Thinking on Four Feet

Humans use eye contact all the time, from bonding with our babies to sharing an awkward glance with someone during an embarrassing situation. Eye contact isn’t just for humans though – dogs use it too. Man’s best friend has learned

A Tale of Ice and Snow

A Tale of Ice and Snow

Understanding Cloud Behavior through Computational Modeling On some days during the coldest months of winter, we are greeted by fluffy snow falling from the sky when we venture outside. On other days, it’s rain or an unpleasant combination of freezing

Counterpoint: Which Came First, the Butterfly or the Flower?

Counterpoint: Which Came First, the Butterfly or the Flower?

A butterfly lands on top of a flower and draws nectar with its coiled mouthpiece; the butterfly and the flower seem to be an inseparable pair. For a long time, our understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the two organisms

It’s Getting Hot in Here

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Global warming takes its toll on sea turtles Sea turtles are the latest species affected by the rising temperatures characteristic of global warming. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fisheries have shown that the rising ocean temperatures

Science in the Spotlight: The Great Quake

Science in the Spotlight: The Great Quake

How an Alaskan quake helped advance earthquake science At 5:36 p.m. on Good Friday, March 27, 1964, a violent shaking disrupted a peaceful Friday night in the village of Chenega, Alaska. The villagers, primarily Alutiiq natives, noticed the water level

Spotlight on Science: The Evolution of Beauty

Spotlight on Science: The Evolution of Beauty

The Evolution of Beauty is a compelling and insightful look at beauty in nature through the eyes of Richard O. Prum, the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale. The book is Prum’s response to decades of research in

Repurposed: From Garden Destroyer to Lab Assistant

Repurposed: From Garden Destroyer to Lab Assistant

Dandelion seeds repurposed as pipettes Taraxacum officinale, or more commonly known as dandelions, are a well-known nuisance in gardens throughout the world because they infest crops. In a recent development, however, dandelions may have turned over a new leaf, having

Big Bang, Give Me a Twirl

Big Bang, Give Me a Twirl

Radio telescopes reveal surprisingly neat rotation in extremely young galaxies “We are made of star stuff.” These timeless words from astrophysicist and space evangelist Carl Sagan are more than poetic rhetoric. The carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and silicon—so central to life

Mars Mirrors Early Earth: Hydrothermal seafloor deposits on Mars send us back in time

Mars Mirrors Early Earth: Hydrothermal seafloor deposits on Mars send us back in time

Researchers recently discovered evidence of ancient hydrothermal deposits in the Eridania Basin on Mars. These may hold insight into the conditions surrounding the origin of life on Earth.