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blackest black

MIT scientists just created the blackest black ever

September 14th, 2019

When it comes to paint, not all shades of black are the same. You can pick up a can of flat black spray paint at the hardware store and it’ll do a pretty good job of absorbing light, but if you really want the blackest possible black you have to enter the high-tech world of …

electric eel

Newly-discovered electric eel is the most shocking yet

September 11th, 2019

Of all the creatures you could encounter while taking a dip in the Amazon rainforest, coming into contact with an electric eel would likely be one of the more painful meetings. They don’t have a reputation for starting trouble with humans, but if threatened they have the ability to send a serious shock coursing through …

squirrel spying

Squirrels spy on birds to figure out when danger is lurking

September 7th, 2019

In the animal kingdom, many creatures develop unique ways of relaying information to their kin, but a new study highlights just how important it can be for certain animals to glean information from the communication of entirely different species. The research, published in PLOS One, reveals that squirrels can sense danger simply by spying on …

hurricane dorian birds

Ocean buoy reveals birds hanging out in eye of Hurricane Dorian

September 5th, 2019

Whenever a powerful storm threatens coasts, we often focus on the potential impact on human lives and infrastructure. It can sometimes be easy to forget that hurricanes can severely disrupt the lives of wildlife as well, but some new images from a buoy in Hurricane Dorian’s eye is a great reminder. The photos, first tweeted …

exoplanet life

Earth might not be the best place for life after all

August 23rd, 2019

In the ongoing search for worlds outside of our solar system, scientists often compare newly-discovered planets with our own as they offer educated guesses about their potential to support life. It makes sense since Earth is the only planet we know of that has life on it, but what if Earth’s life-giving condition are actually …