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Male great bowerbirds build these structures strictly to attract females for mating.
Biologists photograph the first days of a fiery orange starfish common to Brazil's rocky southern shores.
This ephemeral river may only last a few days a year, but it’s life sustaining.
A researcher uses thermal imaging to study elephant mating behavior.
Hubble's most recent photograph of the universe reveals more than 10,000 galaxies, including young ultraviolet ones.
This silk moth symbolizes National Moth Week, which has gone global.
These tiny black-and-white cylinders each host a life-sucking insect.
This tiny snail lives in one of the world’s deepest cave systems.
This Indonesian volcano burns blue at night, but that’s not lava you’re seeing.
This venomous octopus packs a punch, but it’s more likely to hide than launch a poisonous attack.
This small ray can breach several feet into the air, causing a loud slapping sound upon its return to the ocean that has earned it the nickname “tortilla.”
The Richat Structure, or the “Eye of the Sahara,” can be seen from space and might be 100 million-years-old.
This otherworldly orb with purple projections comes from a surprising source: the urinary tract of its photographer.
This metallic beauty is one of an estimated 4,000 bees native to the U.S., hundreds of which haven’t been scientifically named yet.
Paleontologists have pieced together clues to solve the mystery behind the largest collection of whale fossils ever found.
This hard-as-a-rock South American cushion plant can live thousands of years.
A newly discovered mite from Ohio is reminiscent of the caterpillar-like dragons of Chinese New Year’s fame.
The instrument is an early version of a training device popularized by optometrists.
A reusable tape made of micro fibers has the remarkable ability to self-clean.
This sea sponge challenges a popular idea of what triggered the evolution of animal life on earth.
The Salt Lake Valley's topography lends itself to a natural phenomenon called an inversion, which traps air pollution.
Scientists used a high speed camera to study how tiny carbon dioxide bubbles in beer rapidly expand and rise.
This heart-shaped nanoparticle contains a trio of elements that helps drive the oxidation of ethanol in fuel cells.
Researchers have discovered an unprecedented diversity of glowing fish species.
A recently described 100 million-year-old fossil is the most complete flowering plant from the Cretaceous discovered.
One experiment shows that this little understood phenomenon seems to perform better with distilled water.
The country's Christmas tree capital is Oregon, where Douglas and noble firs reign thanks to accommodating climate and soil.
Evidence suggests that these fireballs don't come from a comet, but an asteroid with a tail.
This plane looks blue under ultraviolet light, but it's designed to be green.
For Californians, Thanksgiving is prime time for butterfly counting.
The brown and black bristles help the caterpillar survive harsh winters.
The Cassini spacecraft's sweeping shot shows Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus, and Mars.
This tree's kaleidoscopic bark is a photographer's delight.
These bats could be considered the "Mavericks of the bat world."
The phenomenon has impressed people for centuries, but it has yet to be created in the lab.
A method using consumer grade photography gear offers a fresh look at the northern lights.
A lofty view from space reveals the Red Planet's polygonal geometry.
This olive-like structure is composed of tiny luminescing spheres that could be used in cellular imaging.
Firefighter Greg Sanders encountered a flaming, cobra-like swirl while doing reconnaissance work in Virginia.
The Tissandier brothers contributed to France's reputation as the balloon capital of the world.
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