Aparna Nathan
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Nature // 

We all know what an egg looks like, right? Well, we might know less than we think—bird eggs can be spheres, teardrops, oblong, and anything in between. An interdisciplinary group of scientists may have made progress in cracking the mystery behind how these different shapes emerged.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Nature // 

Ticks are horrifying, plain and simple. Even if they weren't vectors for nasty infections, the fact that they swell up like tiny blood balloons and then burst if you don't remove them properly is enough to make you never want to set foot in the woods again. And guess what: they can also make you allergic to hot dogs and hamburgers, which is pretty darn unpatriotic for a tick named Amblyomma americanum.

Kate Baggaley
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Nature // 

A stone statue from Queluz National Palace in Portugal that has been colonized by lichens and algae.

Rachel Feltman
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Nature // 

When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life. Everyone knows that classic line from Disney's "The Lion King". Kids and parents might have been slightly less charmed by this variation: The wildebeest must cross the river to eat, and a whole bunch of them die in the process. And then everything in the river gets to feast on their rotting remains. Oh, and their bones continue to leech nutrients into the water even after fish and insects have devoured their flesh. Other organisms also eats the algae that grows on the bones. Basically, some wildebeest need to die, Simba.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Nature // 

Talk radio can be scary for humans, but for mountain lions, it's enough to put them off their dinner.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Nature // 

It is almost always hot in Phoenix, but today temperatures are expected to peak at 120 degrees fahrenheit, which has prompted some airlines to cancel flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The high temperatures alone aren't necessarily the culprit, but the environmental conditions that come with them can stifle attempts to get airborne. Mix in other variables like the type of plane, the length of the runway, and the conditions on the ground, and we're left with a complex situation that will only get worse as global temperatures rise.

Sara Chodosh
at 09:56 AM Jun 20 2017
Nature // 

The abyss is back, and this time it spat up a penis (worm). At the end of May, we brought you a roundup of the strangest creatures dragged from the depths of the Australian abyssal zone, and you probably thought nature couldn't get any weirder. But then over the weekend, Twitter got itself all in a tizzy over this:

 
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