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What’s in a Lichen? How Scientists Got It Wrong for 150 Years | Short Film Showcase

For 150 years, scientists believed lichen were defined by a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and algae. Meet the team of researchers who upended this belief in this short film by Andy Johnson, Talia Yuki Moore, Chris A. Johns, and … Continue reading

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On the Island of the Colorblind, Genetic History Affects How Residents See Color

An island in the Pacific has a unique genetic history that affects how it understands color.¬†Pingelap Atoll, the Micronesian island in the South Pacific, sometimes goes by its other name, The Island of the Colorblind. That’s the moniker Oliver Sacks … Continue reading

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If Australian animals don’t poison you or eat you, they’ll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

Birds have figured out how to light fires to scare their prey into the open Source: If Australian animals don’t poison you or eat you, they’ll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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A Burst of Deep Sea Fireworks: A Rare Jellyfish Filmed by the E/V Nautilus

Researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus (previously) celebrated the new year with an unlikely guest, a beautiful Halitrephes maasi jellyfish found at a depth of 4,000 feet underwater at the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico. The vibrantly hued jellyfish looks … Continue reading

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Heart-Wrenching Video Shows Starving Polar Bear on Iceless Land

Lack of sea ice is making it more difficult for polar bears to find food. Source: Heart-Wrenching Video Shows Starving Polar Bear on Iceless Land

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Why raising your vibration increases serendipity. | Joanna McEwen | TEDxUniversityofBrighton

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The Hummingbird Whisperer: A UCLA Researcher Cultivates a Community of 200 Hummingbirds Outside Her Window | Colossal

Photographer Melanie Barboni is an assistant researcher at UCLA’s Earth, Planetary and Space Science Program where she installed a hummingbird feeder outside her office window in hopes of seeing the elusive birds and maybe snapping a photo. Two years and … Continue reading

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Footage of Over 30 Hummingbirds Splashing in a Birdbath | Colossal

Youtuber WildWingsLA has a special birdbath setup specifically for hummingbirds outside their Beverly Hills home. Known for being territorial, it’s rare to see so many birds at once, but at times the frame fills with dozens of them. Fun fact: … Continue reading

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27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space

156 views Playful as kids are, accidents happen. And the accident that befallen me at 7 years old was the feeling of the hot exhaust pipe of a motorcycle kissing the skin of my leg. Grandma was around and saw … Continue reading

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Photographer Nicky Bay Documents Mirror Spiders Adjusting their Silver Plates to Appear More Reflective | Colossal

For the last several years Singapore-based photographer Nicky Bay (previously here and here) has been documenting the life of the mirror spider, an unusual arthropod whose abdomen is covered in bright reflective panels that appear almost metallic. Bay recently noticed … Continue reading

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