Tag: nature

Humans didn’t speed up the drying of the Sahara, and in fact they may have delayed it

Today the Sahara desert is a dry, dusty, sandy land that stretches for millions of miles, but it wasn’t always this way. Go back at little as 8,000 years and you’ll find it was actually quite wet, supporting countless organisms and hosting our human ancestors. The relationship between early cattle farmers in the region and […]

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Certain female termites decide they don’t need no stinkin’ males to reproduce

There are obviously lots and lots of species in the animal kingdom that require both a male and female for reproduction, but not all of them. Asexual reproduction is a well-documented natural phenomenon by which creatures can produce offspring without needing a partner. Now, a new species has been added to the list of creatures […]

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Japanese Artist Ryota Kajita’s Otherworldly Photographs of Ice Formation in Alaska

The pioneering naturalist John Muir held the poetic conviction that when we look closely at any aspect of our world, “the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” Phase transitions are among the most beautiful and seemingly miraculous phenomena of the physical universe — emissaries of nature’s magnificence and might that bear, in […]

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This 61-year-old man survived a great white shark attack by beating it up

An idyllic dip in the ocean off the coast of Massachusetts turned into an actual nightmare for 61-year-old William Lytton earlier this month. Without warning, a massive shark thought to be a great white snatched Lytton in its powerful jaws, and his quick thinking is probably the only reason he’s alive today. There’s plenty of […]

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Lonely dolphin has humped so many tourists that a French town had to ban swimming with him

A tiny seaside town in northwestern France has been forced to warn locals and tourists against swimming in the ocean. What could possibly warrant such a prohibition? Perhaps there’s bacteria in the water, or maybe tourists were damaging an offshore reef? No, no, it’s just one particularly lonely, horny dolphin. The aquatic mammal’s name is […]

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Study says Earth’s magnetic field has shifted rapidly in the past, and if it happens again it could be catastrophic

One of the big reasons that life thrives on Earth is that it’s protected from some of the more harsh phenomenon of space by something that we can’t even see. It’s the magnetic field that our planet generates, and it does a whole lot more than tell your compass which way you’re facing. A new […]

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