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Meet the (flea) beetles! New species


A specimen of the newly described “Burumoseria yuae,” dorsal view, collected in Taiwan. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and weakness are but a few of the symptoms one might anticipate after eating leaves from the Taiwanese shrub Erycibe henryi.

Fossil Specimen Reveals a New Species of Ancient River Dolphin


An artistic reconstruction of “Isthminia panamensis,” a new fossil dolphin from Panama, feeding on a flatfish.

Stunning deep space photo reveals new details of Orion nebulae


High resolution image of Messier 43 taken with the 6.5 meter Magellan telescope in Chile and the MMIRS, which sees into the near-infrared spectrum.

Interstellar Seeds Could Create Oases of Life


In this theoretical artist’s conception of the Milky Way galaxy, transluscent green “bubbles” mark areas where life has spread beyond its home system to create cosmic oases, a process called panspermia.

Scientists study Skydiving spiders in South America


Arachnophobes fearful of spiders jumping, creeping or falling into their beds now have something new to worry about. Some spiders might also glide in through the window.

Pulverized Planet Dust May Lie Around Double Stars


Tight double-star systems might not be the best places for life to spring up, according to a new study using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

Tattoos: Telling Stories in the Flesh. Q&A with Lars Krutak


From patterns etched into the skin of an ancient mummy to the colorful designs that adorn people today, tattoos are not just skin deep; they tell us about individuals and their cultures—and offer insights into what it is to be human.

Exam of the First Born Panda Cub

Around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2015 veterinarians examined the cub Mei Xiang gave birth to at 5:35 p.m.

Warming temperatures may mean more monarch butterfly generations in some areas of North America


Monarch caterpillars seen in late summer are part of the generation that migrates to Mexico and overwinters there.

Environmental “Forensics” Pieces Together Mysterious Plant Invasion


A “Phragmites” patch on Maryland’s eastern shore. (Photo by Matt Sievers) On crime scene investigation shows, forensic scientists use remnants of genetic material to solve mysteries in a matter of hours.

Critically endangered Cuban crocodiles hatched at National Zoo


Five critically endangered Cuban crocodiles hatched at the National Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center between July 29 and Aug.

Why did Neanderthals go extinct?


Smithsonian paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner gives us a closer look into what may have caused Neanderthals to disappear.

Study reveals Agriculture and Fishing Cause Coral Reef Decline


Molluscs collected from Caribbean Panama (Photo by Katie Cramer) Since researchers began surveys in the 1980s, coral reefs in the Caribbean have undergone widespread change following bleaching and disease epidemics that have reduced the abundance of reef-building corals by 50 percent.

Parasitic flatworms flout global biodiversity patterns


A trematode worm bites and sucks out the insides of an enemy species, with the eyespots of the victim’s offspring still visible inside the attacker’s gut.

CASSIOPEIA’S HIDDEN GEM: THE CLOSEST ROCKY, TRANSITING PLANET


This artist’s conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star.

Old bombs, chemical weapons now home for deep-sea starfish


A brisingid starfish living on submerged munitions. Close examination of round galls found on a number of the starfish, as seen here, were determined to be caused by parasites and not by the residue of chemical weapons.

Jamestown skeletons identified as colony leaders


A team of scientists used multiple lines of evidence, including archaeology, skeletal analyses, chemical testing, 3-D technology and genealogical research, to single out the names of the four men who died at Jamestown from 1608 through 1617.

Trapped in Amber: Ancient fossils reveal remarkable stability of Caribbean lizard communities


Some of the fossils in this study are exceptionally well-preserved, such as the specimen shown here. With micro-CT scanning, the skeleton can be reconstructed in 3D, revealing complete skeletons, fully articulated skulls and fragments.

Digitized, Searchable Archives Help Revive ‘Sleeping’ Languages


Myaamia tribe member Dahra Sirois works on a language and craft project during the Eewansaapita summer camp in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Kickstarter funding: Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit


This spacesuit was worn by astronaut Neil Armstrong, Commander of the Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first man on the moon on July 20, 1969.


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