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A research team has found that water acts strangely on an air-drying towel, which contributes to its signature stiffness.
Entropy is the disorder of a system, but that means a lot more than making a mess of a room.
Anosmia, or the loss of the ability to detect one or more smells, is a common symptom of upper respiratory viral infections. It might also be a way to tell if you have novel coronavirus.
They both have prehistoric looking shells and squatty legs, but how are they different?
Fruit flies are annoying, but we also owe them a huge debt of scientific gratitude.
A bright pink manta ray named Inspector Clouseau is causing a splash on the runway of the Great Barrier Reef.
It's a super-fun science experiment, not a recipe for elephant dental hygiene.
Locusts are just mild-mannered grasshoppers until they swarm up and become monstrous. In parts of the world, locust plagues are becoming a way of life.
Machine learning, or artificial intelligence, might just save us from bacterial infections in the future.
Ice volcanoes form when it's freezing cold outside and choppy water is forced to erupt through a hole in the ice around a body of water, cascading down into the classic shape of a volcano.
Back in the day, the soupy pre-Amazonian waters were filled with beasts like Stupendemys geographicus, a giant turtle the size of a sensible sedan.
The bathroom appliance that Europeans embrace and Americans pooh-pooh could be beneficial to our health and to the health of the planet.
Dragonflies are fast, powerful and unbelievably aggressive, using a rudimentary form of 'trigonometry' to calculate distance and move in for the kill.
Contaminated water, poor hygiene and the lack of sanitation caused most epidemics prior to the 20th century, but the plague doctors believed that germs were spread through the skin and nose and they costumed themselves accordingly.
Slavery followed indigo, a cash crop from which blue dye was made, around the world, until it was replaced by synthetic substitutes in the early 20th century.
The grudge match that was popularized in Rudyard Kipling's short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is a mystifying one, but a few specialized traits allow mongooses to add venomous snakes to their list of entrées.
They have been called both “coywolf” and “coydog,” but the majority of the scientific community recognizes this hybrid animal simply as the “eastern coyote.”
A drone with some petri dishes attached is making research much less stressful for whales and scientists alike.
The smallest of the wallaby species is known to pose for selfies with tourists and be cuter than cute. But the feisty quokka has had to fight for its very survival.
With lightning speed and incredible vision, the cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth and the best hunter on the savanna.
Is Your Junk in the Trunk or the 'Frunk'?
April 1, 2020