Rachel Feltman
at 14:47 PM Nov 6 2017
Nature // 

  Not every announcement of a newly discovered species feels like a huge deal. Thousands of new critters get their names in print every year as they are catalogued and confirmed by scientists. But most of those are insects, or tiny frogs, or blobby, mysterious creatures from deep below the sea. Most of the organisms that have eluded scientific detection are, well, elusive, so most of them are small or incredibly alien in their habitat.

Gavan Cooke/The Conversation
at 14:47 PM Nov 6 2017
Nature // 

A beach in Wales recently faced an eight-armed invasion. Over 20 octopuses were reportedly seen crawling up New Quay beach on the west coast of the country, with many later being found dead after failing to make it back to the sea.

Sara Chodosh
at 11:54 AM Oct 25 2017
Nature // 

You already know about antibiotic and pesticide resistance. You've heard that mice and rats evolve immunity to poisons. But there are other, sneakier ways that the rest of our planet's ecosystem has adapted to humanity's presence.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 11:03 AM Oct 23 2017
Nature // 

Mosquitoes are weird fliers. Your typical air-jackey —a sparrow or a fruit fly, for instance—takes flight by jumping into the air. Only once aloft do they begin to flap their wings.

Sara Chodosh
at 11:03 AM Oct 23 2017
Nature // 

The problem with dogs is that they're a lot like babies that never grow up. This is both a great strength and a huge annoyance, mostly because they can't talk. Researchers who study infant learning and behavior have to rely on other cues, like how long subjects look at an object, because asking them questions is just a big waste of time. Dogs are the same, and that makes it very difficult to come to definitive conclusions about their behavior and what it means.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 10:57 AM Oct 23 2017
Nature // 

Bugs, well, bug a lot of people. There's nothing quite as irritating as a fly buzzing around a room (except, perhaps, the constant itching of a bug bite). It's hard to look at a mosquito, with its habit of spreading diseases like malaria and Zika, and not think we'd be better off without them.

Dennis Mersereau
at 11:37 AM Oct 13 2017
Nature // 

Hurricane Ophelia is an odd storm. It's a picture-perfect hurricane with winds around 90 MPH, but that's not the odd part, of course. What makes this storm weird is its location. It's way out in the Atlantic, where it's usually too cool for hurricanes to develop—much less survive. Ophelia is so far off the beaten path that instead of heading for the Americas (as so many storms have this season), the system will evolve and threaten Ireland and the United Kingdom early next week.

 
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