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5 Trickster Animals That Play Dead

Sharks, snakes, and fish are among several animal tricksters known to feign death to stay alive.

August 25, 2013: Running Ultramarathons at 18,000 Feet, Meeting Captive Killer Whales, and More

This week, join us as we run a 137-mile race 18,000 feet above sea level, then we meet beach-dwelling wolves that fish for salmon like bears (and occasionally harass humans), and finally, we learn about the SeaWorld orca who has been connected with three human deaths to appreciate how hard the large, social mammals are to maintain in captivity.

Geography in the News: Death Valley’s Dangers

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Death Valley’s Dangers One of the most inhospitable places on earth claims lives frequently. Death Valley, Calif., is a desperate place to be, never more than this year, as temperatures have approached the world’s record. Forecasts are for the daily high temperatures to reach…

Margaret Thatcher’s Death Brings Intense Feelings, Highlights Cultural Differences

Earlier this week I posted a story about the passing of Margaret Thatcher on April 8, sharing some lesser known facts about the life of the former British prime minister (including that she had been a food scientist who worked on soft serve ice cream before she entered politics). That story struck a nerve with our readers.…

Kumbh Mela 2013: Picking Flowers

Allahabad is a city of 1.2 million people, and despite the proximity of its bigger, noisier neighbour, the Kumbh Mela, life goes on there—including death. The funeral ghats on the Ganges were moved away from the sangam—the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers—for the duration of the festival, but they are still within the…

Cosmic Collisions: Universe SMASH!

Critics of science shows on TV often complain about what seems like a gratuitous number of crashes and explosions that are tangential to the science. Luckily for those of us covering astronomy, the universe is a breeding ground for violent impacts. —Image copyright BASE Productions/Sauce After all, the whole thing started with a bang. Since…

Phoenix, Gone But Not Forgotten

Great stars don’t die, they just fade away. It’s been almost two months since NASA lost contact with the Phoenix Mars Lander, which had been studying icy soils near the red planet’s north pole. The lander’s surface stereo imager made a mosaic to show the craft from a few feet in the air—that black spot…

Mars’s “Death Star” Moon Just a Pile of Rubble

There’s always a twinkle in a science writer’s eye when real life imitates art. In 2005 we had a snapshot of gases and dust around a star that seemed to be auditioning for the next Lord of the Rings film. Then in 2007 there came the news that the universe could be packed with double-sunned…