Jesslyn Shields

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

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Berries are a great food source for birds, but this diet can backfire when the fruit starts to ferment.

Only birds have a special voice box — the syrinx — and it's what they use to sing. But what's so unique about the syrinx is that it's actually an evolutionary anomaly.

New research suggests modern humans owe some of our genetic resistance against RNA viruses to our Neanderthal ancestors.

Anna Coleman Ladd's Studio for Portrait Masks created new faces for at least 185 disfigured soldiers and paved the way for modern facial prosthetic techniques.

For five nights in a row, a praying mantis came to the same garden spot to hunt for fish, completely confounding scientists.

Your body never freaked out before when you were stung by a bee. And yet one day, you have an anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. What's the deal?

We've relied on synthetic chemical pesticides for far too long — and they haven't been doing us any favors.

William Burke and William Hare cut out the middleman in the early 19th-century Scottish grave-robbing game.

The long-standing cultural belief that milk products generate phlegm is a myth, according to a 2018 literature review.

Conventional wisdom has long dictated that older people should take a small dose of aspirin each day for their cardiovascular health. A huge new drug trial disagrees.

You'll probably be OK if your tongue turns black and hairy, but you should definitely see a medical professional.

A dolphin named Billie learned a dolphin-show trick from some captive dolphins, taught her wild friends how to do it and started a fad.

Milkweed is the only thing a monarch butterfly eats. Their numbers are dwindling, but this common backyard weed could save them.

Booza is one of the oldest kinds of ice cream in the world, but this stretchy treat is bizarre news to most of us.

For over 40 years, scientists have been searching for the protein that allows us to hear. Its recent discovery might help people regain their hearing.

Domesticated animals like dogs and horses are known to respond to human facial expressions, but a new study finds that goats also like it when we smile.

Can a plant disappear for more than a century and then come back? Unicorn root, gone for 130 years, reappeared in the summer of 2018, completely out of the blue.

A French theme park has trained a crew of six rooks to pick up after its messy guests.

A strange evolutionary plot twist has been uncovered in the search for why elephants rarely get cancer.

Commercial fisheries accidentally kill around 100 million — yes, 100 million — sharks each year. The solution to this problem might lie in magnets.