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Mark Mancini

Contributing Writer

Mark Mancini is a freelance writer currently based in Texas. Over the years, he’s covered every subject from classic horror movies to Abe Lincoln’s favorite jokes. He is particularly fond of paleontology and has been reporting on new developments in this field since 2013. When Mark’s not at his writing desk, you can usually find him on stage somewhere because he loves to get involved with community theatre. And if you ever feel like trading puns for a few hours, he’s your guy.

Recent Contributions

Velociraptor Alert: The Feathered Dinosaur Quiz

Birds are — quite literally — living dinosaurs. Our quiz will test your knowledge of the fluffy, downy and winged dinos of the bygone Mesozoic era, from little Microraptor to the enormous Yutyrannus.

5 Hugely Fun Facts About Mass (Not Weight)

Weight is the measurement of gravity's pull on an object. And it varies by location. Mass is a different beast altogether.

The Stratosphere: Where Birds and Planes Fly and Bacteria Thrives

The stratosphere is the second-lowest level in Earth's atmosphere. It's a bastion of ozone gas and rapid winds, where clouds are scarce, but life endures.

7 Hot Facts About the Pacific Ring of Fire

The Pacific's Ring of Fire is a 25,000 mile long "ring" that's home to 75 percent of all the world's volcanic activity and 90 percent of the planet's earthquakes. So what makes this area so active?

Is Old Faithful Petering Out?

Since its discovery in 1870, the Wyoming cone geyser Old Faithful has wowed spectators with its predictable eruptions, but its eruptions are not quite as predictable or prodigious as they once were.

Saturn: Giant Rings and a Moon Full of Space Lakes

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet in the solar system. It has an amazing ring system and 82 moons! And did we mention that it's an oblong world that appears squished looking?

Mentos and Miss Cleo: The '90s Commercials Quiz

You know the grunge hits. You know the Nicktoons. But how well do you know the glitzy, creative and downright weird TV commercials that helped define the 1990s? Grab a bag of fruit gushers and let's find out.

Botflies Are Nasty Parasites That Get Under Your Skin

If you've never seen a botfly, it looks rather harmless — like a basic bumblebee even. Until it lays its eggs inside a living host, and that's when things get really gross.

The Watery World of the Monster Anaconda

The green anaconda is the largest of the anaconda species, which makes it arguably the biggest snake in the world.

Is It a Fox on Stilts? Nope, It's a Maned Wolf!

The maned wolf might as well be called a werewolf given its unfortunate name. You see it's not a wolf at all, and despite all appearances, it isn't a fox either.

What's the Difference Between a Samurai and a Ninja?

Movies often pit dark-robed, masked ninja assassins against elite samurai warriors. But just how accurate is our modern outlook on these two Japanese fighters?

New Solar Orbiter Will Get the First Glimpse of the Sun's Poles

NASA and the European Space Agency's new Solar Orbiter will travel as close as 26 million miles to the sun to get the first glimpses of its north and south poles.

River-bottom Bones: The Strange World of Underwater Fossil Hunting

Not all fossils are found on dry land. In fact some of the most fascinating fossil finds in history have been submerged for centuries.

Why a Spotted Python Should Totally Be Your Next Pet

From its small size to its docile nature and long life span, the spotted python fills the bill as a great family pet. Our writer should know, he's got one.

Ragdoll Cats Are the Floppiest, Friendliest Felines Around

The ragdoll habit of turning floppy in their owners' arms is one of the breed's most endearing trademarks. And those eyes ...

South Florida Is Overrun With Green Iguanas

The green iguana isn't native to the Sunshine State. So how did this invasive lizard get there and become the state's menace to society?

Quiz: Can You Tell Climate Change Fact From Fiction?

Earth is a complex place, and its climate follows suit. That may explain why many of us are still confused about climate change. Think you can tell the facts from myths? Find out with this quiz and learn a little something along the way.

Neptune: An Ice Giant With Supersonic Winds

Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun, and one of the coldest. It also has supersonic winds that are the fastest in the solar system.

How Morse Code Works and Still Lives On in the Digital Age

The heyday for Morse code is primarily over, but this communication method using dots and dashes still has its place in our digital world.

Bengal Cats Are Mini Leopard Hybrid Housecats

A hybrid cross between a small Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat, the Bengal cat will keep you busy with its intelligence and active personality. It may even shower with you.

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