Category: Nature

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

As the interest in and testing for vitamin D has exploded, researchers have been wondering why so many people bother. Most of us actually get enough vitamin D without even trying. No high-quality study...

The bizarre physics of fire ants

The bizarre physics of fire ants

Red imported fire ants are regarded as pests throughout the Southern US, where they’ve thrived since they were inadvertently introduced from South America in the 1930s or ’40s.

Beaming Moon Over Denver: Skywatcher Snaps a Long Supermoon Exposure

Beaming Moon Over Denver: Skywatcher Snaps a Long Supermoon Exposure

November’s supermoon —a term used to describe a full moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth during the lunar orbit — was the biggest and brightest supermoon in almost 69 years. In fact,...

This Solar Device Can Source Water From Humidity in Dry Air

This Solar Device Can Source Water From Humidity in Dry Air

Now comes word that engineers have created a solar-powered moisture farming device that can pull significant amounts of water out of low-humidity or desert environments. According to the research team, the harvester is so...

Chelyabinsk-Like Asteroid Gets Incinerated in Supercomputer Simulation (Video)

Chelyabinsk-Like Asteroid Gets Incinerated in Supercomputer Simulation (Video)

When a small asteroid fell to Earth over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013, the speeding space rock exploded midair and created a shock wave powerful enough to damage thousands of buildings and...

If the Sun Is 93 Million Miles Away, Why Can’t We Look Directly at It?

If the Sun Is 93 Million Miles Away, Why Can’t We Look Directly at It?

Regardless of where you observe the eclipse, it’s important not to look directly at the sun with the naked eye. To understand why, think of a child using a magnifying glass outside to burn holes in...

Finding Extraterrestrial Life May Rely on Identifying Traces Rather Than Aliens

Finding Extraterrestrial Life May Rely on Identifying Traces Rather Than Aliens

When the famous 15th-century inventor and scientist Leonardo da Vinci examined petrified shells with borings in them long ago, he had a remarkable insight. The strange fossilized formations, he determined, were likely left behind...

Introducing “Kleptopus”, The Shell-Stealing Veined Octopus

Introducing “Kleptopus”, The Shell-Stealing Veined Octopus

Check out the unique fort-building skills of the veined octopus. Known for unusual behaviour like bipedal walking (and its shameless shell theft), this is definitely not your average cephalopod!