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Aug

Cold and alive! Life discovered in buried Antarctic lakeWithout exposure to sunlight, the tiny organisms rely on minerals in the subglacial water and lake muck for the energy they need to survive.

Cold and alive! Life discovered in buried Antarctic lake
Without exposure to sunlight, the tiny organisms rely on minerals in the subglacial water and lake muck for the energy they need to survive.

Why snakes don’t slip when climbing treesSnakes turn themselves into accordions to shimmy up trees.

Why snakes don’t slip when climbing trees
Snakes turn themselves into accordions to shimmy up trees.

19

Aug

Explore the neon world of nudibranchs
If you think hummingbirds and butterflies are beautiful, then prepare to be amazed at this underwater fashion show.

Weirdest worm ever? Clawed creature adds new branches to family treesThe Hallucigenia sparsa’s spines links it to velvet worms, but it disrupts the evolutionary connections among worms and other arthropods.

Weirdest worm ever? Clawed creature adds new branches to family trees
The Hallucigenia sparsa’s spines links it to velvet worms, but it disrupts the evolutionary connections among worms and other arthropods.

36 random animal facts that may surprise youFrom immortal jellyfish and death-defying tardigrades to proposing penguins and voting bovines, here are three dozen randomly interesting facts about our planet’s impressive array of animal life.

36 random animal facts that may surprise you
From immortal jellyfish and death-defying tardigrades to proposing penguins and voting bovines, here are three dozen randomly interesting facts about our planet’s impressive array of animal life.

How does Google deal with nibbling sharks? By creating body armor for cablesGoogle designs its own bite-proof super material to stave off shark-induced Internet pandemonium.

How does Google deal with nibbling sharks? By creating body armor for cables
Google designs its own bite-proof super material to stave off shark-induced Internet pandemonium.

Chances of eruption increasing at Iceland volcanoAn eruption at the remote Bardarbunga volcano doesn’t immediately pose a risk to any Iceland communities but it could threaten European air travel routes.

Chances of eruption increasing at Iceland volcano
An eruption at the remote Bardarbunga volcano doesn’t immediately pose a risk to any Iceland communities but it could threaten European air travel routes.

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Aug

Imagine a tree that grows 40 kinds of fruitUsing a common technique called grafting, artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that bears a variety of different fruits.

Imagine a tree that grows 40 kinds of fruit
Using a common technique called grafting, artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that bears a variety of different fruits.

The Terminators of the high seas: Lionfish’s ruthless killing alarms scientistsThe lionfish has proven a successful invasive species due to its venomous spikes, high rate of reproduction, and their willingness to eat everything in their path.

The Terminators of the high seas: Lionfish’s ruthless killing alarms scientists
The lionfish has proven a successful invasive species due to its venomous spikes, high rate of reproduction, and their willingness to eat everything in their path.

Why chronic illness and depression go hand in handIt’s one of the body’s crueler tricks: Chronic illness can be depressing, while depression makes chronic illness worse.

Why chronic illness and depression go hand in hand
It’s one of the body’s crueler tricks: Chronic illness can be depressing, while depression makes chronic illness worse.