How cat tongues work—and can inspire human tech loading...
How cat tongues work—and can inspire human tech
Scientists used CT scans to get up close and personal with cat tongues to learn their secrets.
These animals eat absurd amounts of food loading...
These animals eat absurd amounts of food
Humans on Thanksgiving are no match for these extreme eaters, like hummingbirds, who eat twice their body weight in a day.
Witness historic Day of the Dead rituals in Naples, Italy loading...
Witness historic Day of the Dead rituals in Naples, Italy
Relatives and strangers alike celebrate the giorno dei morti in these crowded, ancient tombs.
These birds are one of the rare animals that hide to mate loading...
These birds are one of the rare animals that hide to mate
Besides humans, few species hide sexual activity. Arabian babblers are one such species; keeping mating private may preserve the peace.
A Few Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Thanksgiving loading...
A Few Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Thanksgiving
The pilgrims stole from graves, the Wampanoag were devastated by disease, and the peace between them was political.
How DNA from snow helps scientists track elusive animals loading...
How DNA from snow helps scientists track elusive animals
Researchers are using environmental DNA to help monitor and measure populations of rare snow-dwelling species like Canadian lynx.
Why is wombat poop cube-shaped? loading...
Why is wombat poop cube-shaped?
Wombats are the only animals in the world that produce cube-shaped scat. But how and why do they do it? Scientists now have a better idea.
Rising seas give island nation a stark choice: relocate or elevate loading...
Rising seas give island nation a stark choice: relocate or elevate
Climate change means the low-lying Marshall Islands must consider drastic measures, including building new artificial islands.
The kilogram is forever changed. Here's why that matters. loading...
The kilogram is forever changed. Here's why that matters.
From bathroom scales to medical lab balances, the mass standard is now based on a value that is woven into the fabric of the universe.
Why komodo dragons don’t stray far from home loading...
Why komodo dragons don’t stray far from home
With impressive navigation skills and athleticism, Komodo dragons seem like they could spread anywhere—scientists now know why they haven’t.
How zoos protect—and evacuate—animals during wildfires loading...
How zoos protect—and evacuate—animals during wildfires
Not all animals can be safely evacuated. With fires in the West becoming increasingly common, zoos must prepare for disaster.
Photos: What it's like to fight deadly wildfires loading...
Photos: What it's like to fight deadly wildfires
Both physically demanding and emotionally taxing, fighting deadly, dangerous fires is a harrowing effort.

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