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Reminiscent of the flashy dance halls and shag carpets of the '70s, the disco clam flaunts frilly tentacles and its very own light show.
Amanda Glaze studies perceptions of evolution as well as its religious and societal influences throughout the Southeastern United States.
A series of rigorous (and adorable) experiments by Karen Adolph of NYU's Infant Action Lab shatters the myth that babies learn to fear heights as they learn to crawl.
In a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, two roboticists have harnessed the sensing, swimming, and swarming abilities of bacteria to power microscopic robots.
An in-depth survey of pet dogs revealed surprising insights about breed-specific behaviors.
We can make split-second judgments about someone's personality and character without even consciously seeing their face.
Female wild turkeys parse the courtship performances of males to determine their genetic potential.
Witness two tales that will make your skin crawl and your mind reel with fear and curiosity.
Brookhaven National Laboratory cooks up tiny ephemeral batches of quark-gluon soup that are said to be the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered.
With their ornately colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract mates and researchers alike.
Using paleoforensics, researchers recount the grim details of life and death at the the La Brea Tar Pits.
Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.
Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.
Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.
The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the complex brain of modern cephalopods.
A herd of “elite” brush-clearing goats demonstrate why they are a versatile tool to shield against wildfires in Southern California.
Sneezes and coughs generate gas clouds that can spread germs farther than previously imagined.
Plant physiologist Abby van den Berg traces how maple sap flows through trees and onto your plate.
Clearing and staining gobies, stingrays, and sharks has revealed to scientist Adam Summers critical data, as well as the beauty of each fish’s unique form.
Students in MIT’s Tangible Media Group break down the barriers of graphic interfaces and allow users to touch and manipulate pixels in real life.
Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs details how the northern clingfish takes the art of suction to new heights.
How do our expectations, environment, and social cues trick us into believing our wine tastes better or worse?
What happens when two spiral galaxies collide?
Popular wine jargon such as "breathing," "corked," and "wine tears" gets translated into chemistry you can understand.
A researcher from Cornell details the chemical composition of wine’s diverse flavor profiles.
Researchers test ridged surfaces in order to control the movements of hot water.
Why most mammals—even elephants—take only 20-30 seconds to urinate.
Can woolly bear caterpillars predict winter weather?
How do naked mole rats live to 30 years without getting cancer?
Fossil remains of an ancient pregnant whale suggest that the animal gave birth ...
Psychologist Diana Reiss discusses communication and cognition in dolphins.
Biologists are using data tags and a National Geographic Crittercam to study the...
What happens when a dolphin catches a cold? No, it's not a trick question. In th...
Underwater digital tags show humpback whales use bubbles to trap schools of fish...
Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.