Mary Beth Griggs
at 15:39 PM May 24 2017
Nature // 

George Phillips was not expecting to find any dinosaurs in the Northeastern Mississippi stream. But as he hunted for fossilized crabs and mollusks, he came across a strange specimen—a ridged object about the size of a quarter.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:35 AM May 19 2017
Nature // 

Tinder and Bumble would be a lot more effective if you could sniff your potential matches before swiping. Better yet, if you could smell them and hear them. Forget complex matching algorithms—just invent a way to spritz the person's scent while you listen to them talk or read aloud (pro tip: go for “May I Feel Said He” by e.e. cummings, especially if you sound like Tom Hiddleston).

Sarah Fecht
at 10:35 AM May 19 2017
Nature // 

It looks like chaos inside a commercial aviary. In these cage-free barns, thousands of squawking chickens flap between perches, grabbing food on one level, rolling in dust on another, and laying eggs in the nesting areas.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:50 AM May 18 2017
Nature // 

It is incredibly hard to observe an orangutan nursing its baby. Even without dedicated nursing rooms, these already reclusive animals manage to find privacy in trees and at night to nurse their young, making it difficult for biologists to tell how long and how often orangutan mothers breastfeed their offspring.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:50 AM May 18 2017
Nature // 

Anyone who's watched Jurassic Park has seen the imagined horrors of what a Tyrannosaurus rex jaw can do. (Love ya, Rexy.)

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 08:50 AM May 18 2017
Nature // 

Trees were supposed to be the urban jungle's salvation. After all, trees provide sweet, beautiful shade which helps cool the metropolis, a place prone to overheating thanks to a proliferation of surfaces like asphalt and concrete. And by pumping oxygen into the air—the same oxygen humans need to breathe— while also filtering out harmful air pollution, trees were supposed to help the eighty percent of Americans who live in urban areas breathe easy. But a new study out today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology has found that planting trees while doing nothing about underlying air pollution is a bit like putting spinach on your double bacon donut burger: you're still going to die of a heart attack.

Sara Chodosh
at 08:50 AM May 18 2017
Nature // 

Location is everything, for both homeowners and dinosaurs. When you're buying a house, it's better for your long term happiness to find a neighborhood you like that's close to work instead of having that extra living room. And when you're a Cretaceous period dinosaur, it's better for your long term survival to have a giant asteroid hit in the middle of the ocean instead of just off the coast of Mexico.

 
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