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Hummingbirds’ extraordinary migratory marathons

With fat deposits that almost double their weight, the tiny ruby-throated hummingbird can fly non-stop for more than 1,200 miles (2,000 km) during migration.

Meteorite reveals rare unstable element

A pink meteorite inclusion nicknamed Curious Marie shows that a highly unstable element, curium, was present in the early solar system.

Scanning electron microscope image of a cockroach egg case silicone cast. Image credit: Prof. Hiroki Obata

Cockroach egg impressions from 4,300 years ago

More information about early human settlements – and in this case the insects who lived alongside them – is being found in ancient bits of broken pottery.

Simplified calendar and no time zones?

In the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, there are no leap years and Christmas always falls on a Monday. Plus, it’s the same time everywhere on Earth.

New chick for oldest known wild bird Wisdom

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, is at least 65 years old. Her latest chick hatched at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge on February 1.

Rare salamander lays eggs in Slovenia cave

Slovenian folklore speaks of baby dragons flushed from parents’ subterranean lairs. Today, we know these rare creatures as the olm, and one of them has laid eggs.

Eotrachodon orientalis skull Image credit: Albert Prieto-Marquez, et al.

Extraordinary fossil find sheds light on duck-billed dinosaurs

Duck-billed dinosaurs lived 83 million years ago. They are sometimes called ‘the cows of the Cretaceous.’ A new fossil find reveals their origins.

A collection of the Witwatersrand diamonds. Image credit: Wits University

Ancient diamonds hold clues to primeval Earth

New insights into ancient Earth’s early structure from diamonds formed 3.5 billion years ago. A scientist called diamonds “the perfect little time capsules.”

Birdsong recordings harm birds

Although playing recorded song to lure a bird into view is frowned upon by birdwatchers, some people still do it. Will these new findings get them to stop?

Fossil reveals earliest known central nervous system of an animal

Scientists traced iron deposits that occupied the space of long-gone central nervous system tissue. An outline of a 520-million-year-old central nervous system emerged.