The first known report of a large brood of cicadas emerging from the ground was recorded by William Bradford, the governor of the Plymouth Colony in modern-day Massachusetts, in 1633. Bradford described the brood as making a “constant yelling noise” and that they were “ready to deafen the hearers.” The citizens of the Plymouth Colony […]
In the depths of the ocean, an immortal jellyfish with the power to transform itself back into an infant may hold the secret for life-changing medical advances.
Scientists have come a long way in learning about how human beings communicate with each other. Obviously, we can talk and use sign language. We can read and write. We can send each other GIFs and emojis to express our emotions toward a meme. One method of communication that scientists have recently begun to dig […]
The land of ladyboy cabarets, massive mountaintop Buddha statues, ping pong shows, and roadside fried insect vendors, the Kingdom of Thailand can feel like both an idyllic island paradise and a bad acid trip at times to the Western traveler. Most visitors tend to follow a generally similar route through the country: fly into Bangkok […]
Kangaroo Island, which sits a few miles off the coast of South Australia, is widely renowned by the scientific community as an ecological haven. Separated from the mainland around 10,000 years ago by rising seas, the island environment has facilitated the evolution of species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The terrain […]
When you see an ant crawling around your kitchen, you probably don’t give much thought as to whether it’s an organism or not. It’s got six legs, two little antennae, and a body. Of course it’s an organism, right? While ants are still considered organisms all on their own, the highly intricate social systems within […]
If you’ve ever been to one of the tropical regions of the world, someone or other has probably told you to keep an eye out for banana spiders. So, why is everyone avoiding banana spiders and the banana trees they live in? Are banana spiders venomous? The answer is yes and no. You see, the […]