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.

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The super-cool phenomenon of tidal bores happens in only a few places on the globe, and it takes a very specific set of conditions to occur.

The oceans' levels change daily across the globe. We know them as tidal changes. But what causes this constant shift in sea level and why is it more dramatic is some places than others?

Miraculously, many animals are able to ride out some of Mother Nature's most powerful storms. But how?

Do they even look different?

A Japanese billionaire art collector is the lucky ticket holder and he plans to invite a few artists to tag along — for free.

The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.

A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.

Comet 21P and comet 46P will swing past our planet during the month of September — and you won't need a telescope to see either.

The battle clearly ended in a slow death for both massive male beasts.

The villainous dinosaur from 'Jurassic Park' probably never had an affinity for water.

A 220 million-year-old turtle fossil discovered in China is the first of its kind ever to be found.

The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.

All that seashell collecting you've been doing actually hurts the environment.

Partial migration — where some animals or birds in the same species migrate regularly and others don't — is more common than you'd think. But what explains that behavior?

NASA is launching its new Parker Solar Probe and it will get closer to the sun than any other spacecraft in history. But could we actually touch the sun some day?

The last satellite — Kepler — discovered more than 2,300 confirmed planets. This one is expected to find even more.

Scientists recently found 12 more moons revolving around Jupiter, bringing its total to 79. Why does Jupiter have so many darn moons? Is there any advantage to that?

And while we're at it, why don't the other planets in our solar system seem to twinkle?

You've heard of Google, but what about a Googol? If not, then this tutorial is for you.

Scorching-high temps seem to be the norm this summer. So what does this kind of heat do to your body?