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The zebra’s stripes evolved to keep pesky insects at bay, according to the most thorough study to date on the subject.
Skunk spray is so potent that it can knock you out or even kill you—and now we know why the North American mammals evolved the noxious stuff.
Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they ride 1,000 miles across Alaskan wilderness with a pack of dogs, hike quickly down the Appalachian Trail, lower scientists into sinkholes on tepuis, program robots to do household chores but not enslave the human race, break free of time on the edge of a black hole, be persecuted for our science, grow organic underwear, and explain evolution to children.
They don’t exactly say achoo, but sponges can “sneeze,” according to a new study.
The Pacific leaping blenny went from swimmer to landlubber by evolving camouflage to blend into surrounding rocks, a new study says.
Hiding in plain sight, researchers have discovered that a wild cat called the tigrina is actually two separate species.
Besides fire, the overwhelming symbol of this weekend’s blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is of a steel-colored, mohawked bird with a pointed, hummingbird-like bill who trills melodiously. Mockingjays are described as a cross between mockingbirds and “jabberjays,” a species developed by the Panem government to imitate human speech and spy on the rebels.…
As the camp gets set up, the caver/scientists get geared up, and I get psyched up, seeing hints of early hominids in the everyday things we do.
When it comes to choosing a mate, male lizards tend to go for more “feminine” females without blue necks, a new study says.
Researchers discover this newest member of the rodent family, sporting spiky brown fur and a stubby tail, on the Maluku islands of Indonesia.
National Geographic grantee Travis Hagey reveals the secrets of geckos’ super-powers, and opens wide the doors of worldwide gecko diversity.
A spider with a happy face on its back, an orchid that looks like a monkey, and a bug with a peanut head are among nature’s tricksters.
A tiny island frog makes do without an inner ear by using its mouth—a new hearing strategy not known before in nature, scientists say.
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.