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The unique elephant brain

Today is World Elephant Day. Here’s a look at how unique brain structures – different from those of any other mammal – are responsible for elephants’ special abilities in learning and memory.

Prehistoric mass graves linked to tsunamis

“We were able to make a strong case for many of these sites being related to major tsunamis, as opposed to more standard explanations like warfare or an epidemic.”

2017 was 3rd warmest year on record, says international report

According to the annual State of the Climate report, 2017 was the globe’s 3rd-warmest year on record, behind 2016 (1st) and 2015. Earth also experienced record-high greenhouse gas concentrations and rises in sea level.

Think sharks are coolest ocean predators? Consider mantis shrimps

Do sharks have bullet-like strikes? Do they have super-vision? Can they take down prey in milliseconds? Mantis shrimps have these abilities – and more – to make them among the world’s most impressive predators.

Why wildfires are bigger and harder to control

It’s a perfect storm of factors – including climate change, development, past forest management policies and current firefighting practices, says forestry expert.

How to see a full circle rainbow

It’s possible to see the whole circle of a rainbow – but sky conditions have to be just right. Plus you have to be up high!

Which lizards can outlast a hurricane?

In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, researchers document how catastrophic storms can be agents of natural selection, influencing how species evolve.

12 shark facts that might surprise you

#5 If you flip a shark over, it goes into a trance.

Space-based solar power: How close to reality?

The technology is further along than you might think for capturing solar energy in space – where the sun always shines – and beaming it to Earth.

The vanishing of the 1st American dogs

“It is fascinating that a huge population of dogs that inhabited all corners of the Americans for thousands of years could have disappeared so rapidly.”

Amazing Kilauea volcano imagery you might have missed

For more than 2 months, lava has been pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land. A compilation of photos and videos, here.

Witness the birth of an iceberg

This iceberg broke off Greenland’s Helheim Glacier on June 22. If laid atop New York City, it’d stretch from lower Manhattan to Midtown.

Volcano discovered under fastest-melting Antarctic glacier

Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier is melting, thanks to warming waters from below. What’s more, a recent study has discovered a volcano beneath the glacier.

Volcanic mood rings

The crater lakes at the summit of Kelimutu volcano in Indonesia change colors from day to day. The colors can change from white, green, blue and brown to black.

June 2018 ties for 3rd-warmest June on record

June 2018 continued the warming trend of the past 40 years. Plus, a word about the climate change myth that there’s been no warming since 1998.

Whoa! Flash flood footage from Utah

Amazing flash flood footage from Utah, July 16, 2018.

Virga is rain that doesn’t reach the ground

We’ve all seen virga, but maybe not known what it’s called. Virga is rain that evaporates before it hits the ground. Enjoy these photos!

T. Rex couldn’t stick out its tongue

You’ve seen the picture: a fearsome T. Rex, baring its teeth, tongue stretching out of its mouth. But new research says there’s a problem with this classic image. Dinosaurs couldn’t stick out their tongues.

Scientists listen to ocean bubbles

A research team recorded the sound of methane bubbles seeping from the seafloor off the Oregon coast, with the aim of using acoustics to identify – and perhaps measure – this important greenhouse gas in the ocean.

Why does the ocean have waves?

Waves are created by energy passing through water. Here’s what you need to know, in 30 seconds.