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Read an Excerpt from Poached, a Thrilling Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Black Market Wildlife Trade Read an Excerpt from Poached, a Thrilling Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Black Market Wildlife Trade

The world of illegal wildlife trade is devastating, but it’s also thriving. A desire for things like alternative medicines, meat, and trophies fuels the mass killing of countless endangered species, threatening their existence. In her new book, Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking, science journalist…

How to Dress For the End of the World  How to Dress For the End of the World 

The shearling jacket is the iconic fashion staple of the apocalypse. It’s protected Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, Regan Abbott in A Quiet Place, and even Ryan Gosling’s Agent K in Blade Runner 2049.

The Best Way to Apply Sunscreen to Your Face, Revealed by a UV Camera

I am a bit of a sunscreen fanatic. My morning and midday sunscreen applications are ritualistic in nature, and I love trying out new products that claim to shield my precious skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Luckily for me (and unluckily for my wallet), there are a menagerie of sunscreen products on the market…

Study Links a Happy, Peaceful Mind to Sweet Dreams Study Links a Happy, Peaceful Mind to Sweet Dreams

I tend to have very vivid dreams. I recently dreamed that I hit a home run at Wrigley Field as a member of my favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, for example. But I also dreamed the clown from It came to haunt me at the top of every hour as I roamed a crowded casino.

Goats Do Not Like Your Grumpy Face Goats Do Not Like Your Grumpy Face

It turns out goats really do know that you’re trouble when you walk in. These domestic animals can distinguish human facial expressions, and prefer a pleasant smile to a disgruntled frown, according to new research.

Genetic Testing Reveals Shelters Often Label Dogs With the Wrong Breeds Genetic Testing Reveals Shelters Often Label Dogs With the Wrong Breeds

When adopting a new canine family member at a shelter, many people choose a dog based on the breed or breeds labelled on its cage. But new research using genetic testing shows that shelters don’t always correctly label dogs, meaning the pointer you just adopted could actually be more of a labrador.

Blue-and-Yellow Macaws Turn Pink to Communicate, but What Are They Saying? Blue-and-Yellow Macaws Turn Pink to Communicate, but What Are They Saying?

Do you ever get so excited about something that your whole face starts to turn red? Well, it seems that blue-and-yellow macaws do the same thing, according to new research—though the exact reason they go red in the face is still unknown.

Your Brain Tries to Change Focus Four Times per Second, Study Finds Your Brain Tries to Change Focus Four Times per Second, Study Finds

By the time you’re finished reading this sentence, your brain will have rapidly assessed your surroundings 14 times to see if you should focus on something else. At least, that’s what new research suggests.

Misidentified Fossils Could Rewrite the History of Lemurs on Madagascar    Misidentified Fossils Could Rewrite the History of Lemurs on Madagascar   

A leading theory of recent decades is that lemurs colonized Madagascar around 50 million years ago. As they dispersed throughout the island and made homes in its tropical rainforests, those ancestral lemurs evolved into the menagerie of species we see today. It’s certainly a romantic idea, but it might also be false,…

The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests

Not everyone who is close to death—or thinks they are, at least—has a “near-death experience.” But those who do often hallucinate that they leave their bodies, meet otherworldly beings, see bright flashes and tunnels of light, and more. Those who take the psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT— a compound found…

The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Also Jumbled Shark Evolution The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Also Jumbled Shark Evolution

More than 500 different shark species roam Earth’s oceans: from zippy little cookie-cutter sharks, to the iconic great white, to nightmarish goblin sharks, to 25-foot-long, filter-feeding basking sharks. And it seems that the current equilibrium of shark species we see today arose after the Cretaceous–Paleogene mass…

Scientists Just Measured the Drought that May Have Brought Down the Ancient Maya Scientists Just Measured the Drought that May Have Brought Down the Ancient Maya

The ancient Maya were an innovative people. They constructed intricate cities throughout the tropical lowlands of the Yucatán Peninsula, communicated using one of the world’s first written languages, and created two calendar systems by studying the stars. But despite their achievements, the thriving Mayan civilization…

The World’s Largest King Penguin Colony Is Catastrophically Shrinking—and We Don’t Know Why The World’s Largest King Penguin Colony Is Catastrophically Shrinking—and We Don’t Know Why

The last time scientists visited Ile aux Cochons in 1982, an island that is part of an archipelago in the southern Indian Ocean, the king penguin population was booming. Over 500,000 breeding pairs (around 2 million penguins total) huddled together there, making the island the largest king penguin colony in the world.…

The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body

Scientists have just defined a new shape called the scutoid (SCOO-toid) while studying epithelial cells, the building blocks of embryos that eventually end up forming our skin and lining our organs and blood vessels. They think the scutoid shape is extremely efficient at keeping cells tightly-packed and organized in…

Why Your SPF 15 Sunscreen Probably Isn’t Enough to Protect You From the Sun Why Your SPF 15 Sunscreen Probably Isn’t Enough to Protect You From the Sun

Are you always careful to apply sunscreen before a day outdoors, but find yourself getting burned anyway? It might be due to your application technique. Dermatologists say that most people don’t put on a thick enough layer sunscreen, and new research—in which scientists put varying amounts of sunscreen on volunteers’…

What Is Fungal Acne and Why Do So Many People Suddenly Think They Have It? What Is Fungal Acne and Why Do So Many People Suddenly Think They Have It?

Have you ever had a breakout that wouldn’t go away for weeks, maybe even months, no matter which products you threw at it? Did it consist of a lot of small bumps? Was it a little itchy?

New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Species Discovered in China New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Species Discovered in China

The gigantic, long-necked sauropods are an iconic group of dinosaurs—and it seems scientists have just discovered a new one. Paleontologists were able to define the new species, known as Lingwulong shenqi, using seven to 10 partial skeletons from four separate dig sites in China.

Giant Dinosaur Foot Identified 20 Years After Being Unearthed in Wyoming Giant Dinosaur Foot Identified 20 Years After Being Unearthed in Wyoming

The Black Hills mountain range, which stretches from South Dakota to Wyoming, is known for its lush forests, scenic waterfalls, and dense, intricate cave systems. But 150 million years ago, humongous, long-necked dinosaurs called sauropods roamed there—and scientists just identified one of their colossal, fossilized…

Astronomers Found 10 New Moons Circling Jupiter Astronomers Found 10 New Moons Circling Jupiter

Scientists announced that they have discovered 10 previously unknown moons orbiting Jupiter. This brings the gaseous behemoth’s total moon count up to 79.

Horses Make This Funny Sound When They're Happy Horses Make This Funny Sound When They're Happy

When horses are happy, they snort, according to new research published today in PLoS One. The finding could help improve treatment of these domesticated animals, the authors say.

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