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Zombie ants revisited

You’ll meet the parasitic fungi that take control of living insects in this story by Gino Brignoli, a London-based researcher in tropical ecology.

6 things to know about carbon dioxide

Scientists say increased carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere is causing global temperatures to warm – sea levels to rise – and storms, droughts, floods and fires to become more severe. Here are 6 things about CO2 you might not know.

Ants crawling on a cupcake.

6 amazing facts about ants

It’s summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. And summertime is ant time. Here are 6 things about ants you might not know.

White diagonal lines across a black background. White dots of various sizes scattered across the image.

US astronomers speak on SpaceX Starlink satellites

The American Astronomical Society – chief organization for US astronomers – said it is in conversations with SpaceX about the impending launch of 12,000 Starlink satellites. The astronomers worry the satellites will interfere with their work of understanding the universe.

Waterfall illusion: Still objects seem to move

Check out this optical illusion and find out what it says about your brain.

View from space of ice-covered Great Slave Lake.

View from space: North America’s deepest lake

Roughly the same size of Belgium, Canada’s Great Slave Lake runs nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) deep. This article from NASA Earth Observatory describes the lake and conditions around it in 2019.

Purple silhouettes of a modern beaver, a human, and a giant beaver.

Why super-sized beavers went extinct

Super-sized beavers were as big as black bears. They suddenly became extinct 10,000 years ago, while small modern beavers survived. Now scientists know why.

Snowy night landscape with a bright green light across the sky.

Magnetic north is shifting fast. What’ll happen to the northern lights?

As magnetic north shifts increasingly away from the geologic north pole – towards Siberia – studies suggest the northern lights could move with it.

Lush underwater forests … in the Arctic

Did you know that there are hidden underwater forests of large brown seaweeds (kelps) in the Arctic? As temperatures warm, the forests are expanding.

A thin blue-white arc across a black background.

How Venus and Mars can teach us about Earth

The atmospheres of our 2 neighbors Mars and Venus can teach us a lot about past and future scenarios for our own planet.