Jelly Belly: Elusive Deep Sea Octopus Takes Its Gelatinous Meals To Go

The seven-arm octopus, Haliphron atlanticus, lives a hidden life deep in the dark depths of the oceans. These massive cephalopods—females of which can grow to be more than 12 feet long—earned the moniker for their habit of folding one of their eight arms away. What little is known of their daily lives has largely been gleaned from dead animals pulled from […]

How meteoroids built up Iapetus’ mountain ridge

Moons in the solar system come in many different forms. Some are boulder-sized, while one is larger than the planet Mercury. Some are mixtures of rock and iron, while others hide oceans and rocky cores under icy surfaces. Two even look a bit like walnuts, each hosting a bulge of material around its equator. Interestingly, […]

Base X: The Isle of Anthrax

Requisitioned from farmers, blitzed with anthrax-laden bombs in the 1940s, and made inhospitable to human and animal life for decades, the tiny Scottish island of Gruinard now serves as home to a flock of healthy sheep and a disreputable monument to the birth of biological warfare. The research conducted at Gruinard during the second World […]

WATCH: Industrious Badger Buries Cow 3 Times Its Size

Badgers don’t mess around. Of course, we already knew that, but researchers in Utah say they’ve found further proof of the American badger’s industrious ways while studying scavenger behavior in Utah’s Great Basin Desert. To watch how scavengers behave around a carcass, Evan Buechley, a doctoral candidate at the university rounded up calf remains and staked them […]

Microbiologist Knits ‘Resistor Hats’ for Science Advocacy

These days, a march on Washington, D.C. isn’t complete without the requisite headwear. Heidi Arjes, a microbiology postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and knitting enthusiast, is combining two of her passions to help science advocates make a bold statement during the upcoming March for Science on April 22. Arjes, who identifies herself as both an […]

UFO Sighting in La Cumbre, Valle del Cauca on 2014-02-06 08:00:00 – No me gusta creer ver figuras en las nubes ,pero por más que no quiero admitirlo yo veo una figura en la nube con forma de nave y dos ventanas.

Era una hermosa mañana y quería grabar los farallones de cali cuando regrese a casa revisaba el video que había grabado pude observar que parecía haber una figura en la nube y en especial cuando el sol brilla deja ver mejor la forma de lo que parecen ser unas ventanillas en un dibujo de un […]

Exploring Human Culture with Citizen Science

From art history to archaeology and beyond, citizen scientists are advancing our understanding of humanity, and you can help!  Below, we’ve selected five projects that explore various dimensions of human culture.  You can find more projects on SciStarter to do now or bookmark your favorites for later. Cheers! The SciStarter Team Photo: CC BY SA […]

The Snail That Only Lives in a Hole inside Another Hole under a Sea Urchin

If you think house hunting is hard, consider the plight of this snail. It lives only in tide pools in southern Japan. Within those tide pools, it only lives in holes carved out of rock—specifically, holes dug by sea urchins. But it can only move into one of those holes after the hole-digging urchin has moved out. When a second, […]

Megabat or ‘Jersey Devil’ Photographed in Pennsylvania

In New Jersey folklore, the Jersey Devil is a legendary creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey, United States. The creature is often described as a flying biped with bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. Whether it is folklore or not, recently a […]

Flashback Friday: On the purpose of saying “ow” when you hurt yourself.

If you bite your tongue or stub your toe, your first instinct is probably to yell. But have you ever wondered why that is? According to this study, being vocal could actually help you tolerate the pain. Here, the authors tested how long subjects could keep their hands immersed in very cold water before they couldn’t […]