Jesslyn Shields is a freelance science writer working out of Athens, Georgia. She writes about brand new research for HowStuffWorks. Since 2010, Jesslyn's written science news and content for educational videos, because she loves to always have something new to yammer on about at parties. You can find her online at www.jesslynshields.com
You've probably heard of a tumor, but what about a neoplasm? How similar are they and are they always cancerous?
A zorse is one strange looking horse. That's because it's the product of a zebra stallion and a female horse.
Nitrogen is essential to living things, but it also plays hard to get.
The praying mantis is a powerful predator, and not as robotic (or as romantic!) as it seems.
Centrioles are spindles that create the pathways for chromosomes to follow during cell division.
Caracals have really cool ears and can also jump 10 feet in the air from a seated position.
Drilling a hole in somebody's skull was all the rage 4,000 to 12,000 years ago. In fact, 5 to 10 percent of skulls from this period have a hole in them, made while the person was still alive. The question is, why?
You might wonder what phosphates do, but they are so intrinsic to our daily lives that the question really is: What don't phosphates do?
Göbekli Tepe is thought to be a possible archaeological bridge between nomadic hunter-gatherer societies and stable, settled agricultural communities that built temples and produced art.
Terpenes are the aromatic organic compounds found in nature that give us many of our favorite fragrances. They are also known to have surprising health benefits.
The protection of these strange looking, ancient animals, and creatures like them, may be a key component in helping a planet in climate catastrophe.
There's some serious chemistry behind the flavor in your favorite brew and esters are the compounds responsible for it.
Venn diagrams are an easy way to simplify information and visualize relationships between concepts or sets of data.
Pikas are little mammals that, though they may look like rodents, are more closely related to rabbits.
Honey has been used as medicine for millennia and, in this century, the old remedies seem to be holding up to science.
This unusual storm called a derecho can be as frightening as a hurricane or a tornado and can travel hundreds of miles sowing destruction in its path.
Aardwolves aren't closely related to either aardvarks or wolves, but these little hyenas resemble both in some ways.
While luna moths aren't exactly rare, they're hard to find so every encounter seems extra special.
Boyle's Law describes the relationship between pressure and the volume of a container with gas in it. As the volume of the container decreases, the pressure inside the container increases.
Generations of cereal eaters grew up sharing the breakfast table with Toucan Sam, famous for following his long, colorful nose — but what's that bill for besides hawking cereal?