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Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they are trekking 1,000 miles through the Empty Quarter Desert, searching for the lost civilization of Shangri La, looking at the implications of California’s severe drought, walking through Chinatowns, researching the human brain, getting a visit from the Love Doctor, and learning what makes Russians smile.
Flatworms that fence with their penises and male fish that literally latch onto their mates are among nature’s most odd and risky mating rituals.
From stone-throwing monkeys to castle-building fish, see the lengths that some species go to please their mates.
Valentine’s Day inspires silly displays in the name of romance, but heart-shaped candies and sappy cards are nothing compared to the show that nature routinely puts on. From balloon-blowing seals to penis-fencing flatworms, here’s a selection of some of the flashiest—and weirdest—ways that animals show off and compete to win mates.
It’s dark, sweet, and a Valentine’s treat. Since today’s the big day we decided to tweet On a question about chocolate… So straighten up in your seat. Which river basins grow the cocoa beans to make those scrumptious little things? I’ll offer a tiny hint, so you don’t have to cheat: One of them contains…