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Animals use physics? Let us count the ways

EnlargeFernando Trabanco Fotografía via Getty Images Isaac Newton would never have discovered the laws of motion had he studied only cats. Suppose...

The greening of planes, trains, and automobiles

EnlargePetmal / Getty Images As the world races to decarbonize everything from the electricity grid to industry, it faces particular problems with...

A scientific mission to save the sharks

EnlargeRamonCarretero/Getty A hammerhead shark less than one meter long swims frantically in a plastic container aboard a boat in the Sanquianga National...

The hornet has landed: Scientists combat new honeybee killer in US

Enlarge / 2023 marked the first sighting of a yellow-legged hornet in the United States, sparking fears that it may spread and devastate honeybees...

Swimming and spinning aquatic spiders use slick survival strategies

Enlarge / Of all the aquatic spiders, the diving bell spider is the only one known to survive almost entirely underwater, using bubbles of...

Why do some people always get lost?

Enlarge / Scientists are homing in on how navigation skills develop.Knowable Magazine (CC BY-ND) Like many of the researchers who study...

How new tech is making geothermal energy a more versatile power source

Enlarge / The Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station. Geothermal power has long been popular in volcanic countries like Iceland, where hot water bubbles from...

Why are there so many species of beetles?

EnlargeLaurie Rubin via Getty Caroline Chaboo’s eyes light up when she talks about tortoise beetles. Like gems, they exist in myriad bright...

Where the heck did all those structures inside complex cells come from?

Enlarge / Computer illustration of mitochondria, membrane-enclosed cellular organelles that produce energy.KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/GETTY More than 1.5 billion years ago, a...

A look into the REM dreams of the animal kingdom

Enlarge / A cuttlefish swims in an aquarium at the Scientific Center of Kuwait on March 20, 2016, in Kuwait City. YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP via...

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