Your Weekly Attenborough: Sitana attenboroughii

It’s a lizard! It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Sitana attenboroughii, Attenborough’s fan-throated lizard to the world. Measuring somewhere under three inches from snout to vent, the lizard is a welcome addition to the Agamidae family, and bears the “Attenborough” distinction proudly. In lieu of gifts, we are instead asking that […]

We May Have Found Billions Of Exoplanets Outside Our Galaxy

Discoveries of exoplanets in our galaxy exceed 3,700 to date, but if that’s not enough for you, astronomers are now probing outside of the Milky Way to find exoplanets in other galaxies. A group of researchers at the University of Oklahoma has just announced the discovery of a large population […]

Was the Toba Eruption Not the Volcanic Catastrophe We Thought It Was?

The largest eruption in the past million years was at Toba in Indonesia. How big was it? It erupted over 3000 cubic kilometers of volcanic debris. 3000 cubic kilometers! That would pave the entirety of Rhode Island in a kilometer keep of ash, rocks, and pumice. It would take roughly 300 […]

When Hummingbirds Visit, This Flower Pops Open like a Jack-in-the-Box

Most plants are sneaky. You think they’re staying put, until one morning when you wake up to find your houseplant bent toward the window, or a vine that’s clambered up your fence. But other plants operate more quickly. They close up their leaves at a touch, or fling their pollen onto a bee. Researchers discovered […]

Another Reason To Save Snakes: They Disperse Seeds (Probably)

We’re about a month away from the 60th annual rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater Texas. The event proudly calls itself the world’s largest—and for good reason. Last year, nearly 8,000 lbs of snakes were killed in this barbaric slaughterfest. But there are so many reasons why this all-out assault on Texas’ reptiles is […]

Strange Aerial Phenomenon over Ocala, Florida – Richmond, VA – Alberta CA

A rare phenomenon appeared in the sky over Spondin in Alberta, Canada where the daughter of the owner of the TK Ranch snapped an image of an amazing sun rise on February 7, 2018. Credit image: TK Ranch, Spondin, Alberta. Other strange sky phenomena were spotted over Ocala, Florida and […]

Flashback Friday: How Much Cocaine Is in Your Wallet?

Image: Flickr/Tax Credits Urban legend has it that “all” of our paper currency is tainted with cocaine. These scientists decided to test whether this is true, and if so, how much of the drug is there. By testing over four thousand bills of various denominations gathered from 90 locations over more than […]