Just discovered: Glowing fungus, ship-eating bacteria, toughest-silk spider and terrible toothed leech
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
A little gross, and totally amazing.
Sure, chimps and dolphins are smart. But did you know about the terrifyingly intelligent Komodo dragon, the paranoid squirrel, or the insect supervillain Portia labiata?
This week, the origin and continued preservation of five of our favorite standard units of measure
Courtesy of some spooky shale.
How a Mark Twain festival is helping researchers learn about frogs
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Out of the wild
Hello, hairy little guy
Abominable snowmen, sea serpents and dragons, oh my!
What makes each bear species stand out against the rest?
Nothing holds down world population quite like jumping genes.
Plus, the largest sea-crocodile ever discovered
"Gravity has always been a major part of my life."
Bungee jumpers use rubber cords to absorb the force of their fall; in Vanuatu, they use vines
Elite basketball players benefit from having less stretch.
The finalists for Smithsonian's annual nature photography contest are in, and they're stunning.
Where do transposons do their transposing?
Day trading with time machines
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
And how to use physics principles to improve your skills.