Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Nature // 

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a barred-spiral, making its way through space like a twirling baton with streamers on each end, carefree. It's a shape that we all know and love. Nothing wrong with that, barred spirals are great. But other galactic shapes are far more mysterious and intriguing to astronomers.

Rachel Feltman
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Nature // 

Raise your fin if you've got alcohol flowing out of your gills

Kate Baggaley
at 10:11 AM Aug 15 2017
Nature // 

Every year, young sea turtles migrate up the US East Coast to spend the summer foraging in northerly waters. Sometimes, they wind up in the Gulf of Maine, which stretches from Cape Cod Bay to Nova Scotia. As the weather cools, the turtles, including endangered Kemp's ridley and loggerhead turtles, begin to swim south.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:02 AM Aug 1 2017
Nature // 

Every year on Easter in the Otago region of New Zealand, people gather to shoot thousands of bunnies. A police officer is on hand, not to arrest the hunters but rather to spur them on. This is the annual Easter bunny hunt, and by the time the day is done there will be literal piles of rabbit carcasses.

Aparna Nathan
at 17:00 PM Jul 28 2017
Nature // 

Male territoriality is a pretty well-defined scientific concept. Some animals mark their domain with rocks or urine, others attack intruders (and we've all seen guys who pick fights at the bar).

Rachel Feltman
at 17:00 PM Jul 28 2017
Nature // 

You might be under the impression that plants photosynthesize—using energy from the sun to turn carbon dioxide and water into delicious and nutritious sugar—and you're mostly right. Even carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap practice this process to some extent (though nutrient-poor environments and inefficiency often lead them to supplement their diets with something a little bloodier). But not all flora are capable of feeding off of the sun. Some long ago abandoned this ability, having evolved other ways of gathering nutrients.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:11 PM Jul 20 2017
Nature // 

Dogs are too pure for this world. This fact is known. If supernatural explanations were sufficient, we could safely say that dogs descended from the heavens to bring us joy.

 
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