Mother Nature Network

Sep 23

Campfire stories served as early forms of social mediaBushmen storytellers did not tell tales of heroes or moralize in their yarns, but instead regaled listeners with narratives of culture and community.

Campfire stories served as early forms of social media
Bushmen storytellers did not tell tales of heroes or moralize in their yarns, but instead regaled listeners with narratives of culture and community.

Why your cat goes crazy for catnipHere’s what’s going on inside your cat’s brain when he gets a whiff of this common plant.

Why your cat goes crazy for catnip
Here’s what’s going on inside your cat’s brain when he gets a whiff of this common plant.

Do you have a bi-literate brain?Your brain retains information differently depending on whether you read on paper or an e-reader.

Do you have a bi-literate brain?
Your brain retains information differently depending on whether you read on paper or an e-reader.

Fries without ketchup? What is this madness?!
Is ketchup only for kids? This restaurant says soA Florida restaurant refuses to serve ketchup to anyone over 10. Is this being sophisticated or rude?

Fries without ketchup? What is this madness?!

Is ketchup only for kids? This restaurant says so
A Florida restaurant refuses to serve ketchup to anyone over 10. Is this being sophisticated or rude?

The art of growing grapesThey take a little work and planning, but grapes can be a tasty part of your backyard garden.

The art of growing grapes
They take a little work and planning, but grapes can be a tasty part of your backyard garden.

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Why did human faces evolve to look so different?Few animals have faces as diverse and distinctive as ours. That’s because we evolved to be easily recognizable, a new study reports, revealing how social interaction can influence our appearance.

Why did human faces evolve to look so different?
Few animals have faces as diverse and distinctive as ours. That’s because we evolved to be easily recognizable, a new study reports, revealing how social interaction can influence our appearance.

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Scientist will record every sound on Earth for a yearBryan Pijanowski, a self-described ‘soundscape ecologist,’ has installed microphones around the world so he can capture the planet’s noises.

Scientist will record every sound on Earth for a year
Bryan Pijanowski, a self-described ‘soundscape ecologist,’ has installed microphones around the world so he can capture the planet’s noises.

Shellfish-inspired protein glue even sticks underwaterLab-created substance composed partly of mussel foot proteins is stickier than the adhesive used by real mussels.

Shellfish-inspired protein glue even sticks underwater
Lab-created substance composed partly of mussel foot proteins is stickier than the adhesive used by real mussels.