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polar bear invasion

Polar bears won’t stop invading this small village in Russia

December 9th, 2019

A group of polar bears in Russia is celebrating the holidays in a truly spectacular way, much to the dismay of local residents. Locals in Ryrkaypiy, a small village of less than a thousand residents, have seen their quaint little town invaded by dozens of seemingly malnourished polar bears. Reports from Russia’s news group RIA …

science news

These steamy hyperacid ponds are the most hostile places on Earth

November 25th, 2019

Earth is a very special place. Over billions of years, life has evolved to take on many different forms on our planet, withstanding some of the harshest conditions imaginable. But despite the ability of life to “find a way,” some tiny corners of our planet remain entirely inhospitable to life in any form, and a …

dinosaur feathers

Paleontologists found dinosaur feathers

November 18th, 2019

We often think of dinosaurs as big lizards, with reptilian features. For decades, the common belief was that dinosaurs had smooth skin, much like reptiles we see today. That was likely true for a large portion of them, but more recent discoveries suggest that there were also many dinosaurs that sported feathers. In a new …

manned mission to mars

Space can make your blood flow backwards

November 14th, 2019

NASA wants to send humans to Mars. Much of the technology to make such a mission a reality is already in place, and other vital systems could be developed in time for a crewed trip to the Red Planet in the 2030s. It’s exciting, but the journey will be long, and one serious question remains …

mouse-deer

This adorable mouse-deer was feared extinct, but now it’s back

November 11th, 2019

When a species of animal hasn’t been seen in decades, it’s often feared that mankind or natural environmental factors have driven it to extinction. That was the case with the Vietnam mouse-deer, also known as the silver-backed chevrotain, a creature that was once considered the smallest living hoofed animal species, but had not been seen …

giant squid

Scientists spot sneaky squid spying on seafloor survey

November 6th, 2019

Most of Earth is covered by oceans, and when you’re way up near the surface, the wildlife you spot is usually predictable. Dive down a bit and things start to change, and the deeper you go, the more bizarre the sights. By the time you reach the ocean floor, you might as well have traveled …

raccoon library

Raccoons invaded a college library, but maybe they just wanted an education

October 30th, 2019

Any students searching for a quiet place to study on the campus of Arkansas State University this past weekend quickly realized the school’s library had been taken over by unexpected visitors. Multiple students reported that raccoons had invaded the school, taking up residence in the tall shelves of books. It’s not immediately clear how the …

squid egg sac

You’ll never guess what’s hiding in this giant sea blob

October 28th, 2019

If you’ve ever wanted to explore an alien land full of bizarre creatures, diving into Earth’s oceans is about as close as you’re ever going to get. The incredible diversity of wildlife in the oceans means that no two trips below the waves are the same, and as a team of researchers recently discovered, even …

mars landslides

Landslides on Mars might not be evidence of ice after all

October 24th, 2019

When scientists studying Mars discovered a massive landslide on the Red Planet they thought it looked familiar. The cascading material had carved long, curved ridges, and the area was eerily similar to some landslides that have been observed here on Earth. What made that comparison particularly exciting was the fact that on Earth, landslides like …