Animals

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Millions of crabs scuttle across this island every year

With the onset of the rainy season, Christmas Island transforms. Roads shut down, the forest floor comes alive, and tens of millions of red crabs take over. The remote Australian territory, located about 190 nautical miles south of Indonesia, is host to one of the world’s most singular natural occurrences. There, like clockwork each year, […]

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Lion brothers take risky swim across crocodile-infested channel

Despite their mighty roars, fearsome jaws, and ambush hunting tactics, lions are not well known for their swimming. Other large predators are often lurking in the water, so these big cats must have a major motivation to get wet.  In February, a team of scientists documented two African lion brothers swimming across some dangerous waters

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What’s going on with spotted lanternflies?

If you live anywhere from central Virginia to southern New England, you’ve probably witnessed the hordes up close: Massive numbers of polka-dotted pests clustered on vines, branches, and buildings. They start showing up in the springtime as black and white nymphs raining down from the canopy. Then, they go through months of growth stages, becoming

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These are the ‘smartest’ animals on Earth

Scientists and enthusiastic dog owners alike have long quibbled about what attributes or tendencies make one animal smarter or more intelligent than another. But as animal researchers have applied various intelligence tests to a wider net of living things in recent years, the dividing lines have only gotten murkier.  Earlier this year, a group of

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These viking ladies tried to start a trend for pointy heads, but it didn’t take off

What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast. The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week hits Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and everywhere else you listen to podcasts every-other Wednesday morning. It’s your new favorite source for the

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Watch a carpenter ant chew off another’s wounded leg to try to save its life

Humans are not the only animal species that tries to heal wounds–or even perform amputations. Some carpenter ants appear to treat their nestmates with wound cleaning or removal of a limb and could even be tailoring the course of treatment depending on the type of injury. The findings are described in a study published July

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A new armadillo species was hiding in plain sight

They’re scaly, covered in armor, and hiding a secret identity. Nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus), the idiosyncratic mammal that spans from southern Illinois to northern Argentina, are not actually one species after all. Instead, the group of these unusual animals is made up of four distinct species, according to a study published in June in the

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Frog saunas could help the amphibians cope with a deadly fungus

Green and golden bell frogs used to be so common in Sydney, Australia that residents would find them hiding in their mailboxes and toilets. “They’d be everywhere,” says Anthony Waddle, a biologist at Macquarie University in Sydney. In the 1960’s though, the population started to slump. More recently, it’s plummeted. Surveys from the past 15

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Mating, murder, and parenting: The complex lives of birds on display in 2024 Audubon Photography Awards

A decapitated squirrel hangs lifeless in the talons of a barred owl. A red-necked grebe chick stretches its neck to gobble up a meal of fish delivered fresh from its parent. Hundreds of grackles perch on power lines as the sun sets on Texas. The winners of the 2024 Audubon Photography Awards document the fascinating

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