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  • It's Alive

    A corsage that bites

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    Orchid mantises have evolved into a fake flower that out-flowers the real thing. The insects don’t seem to be mimicking any real flower found so far, but have invented something even fancier. Among the many oddly shaped mantises of the world, only the petal-legged, corsage-worthy orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) comes close to counterfeiting a whole blossom, says James O’...
    12/09/2013 - 07:52 Animals
  • Science Visualized

    Online map tracks forest shifts from space

    By layering more than 650,000 satellite images onto a Google map, researchers have created a new tool to track forest cover.

    The online tool, described in the Nov. 15 Science, lets users walk through space and time, zooming from single plots to a global view. The big picture isn’t so pretty.

    From 2000 to 2012, logging, fires, storms and other disturbances wiped out 2.3 million...

    12/06/2013 - 09:29 Ecosystems, Ecology, Sustainability
  • Screentime

    Best science to see and hear

    Every day, hours and hours of audio and video about science are uploaded, downloaded and shared. And now the Science Studio website has stepped in to curate that flood of information. Science Studio bills itself as “a collection of the best science multimedia on the web.” A panel of 39 judges, including notable science writers, watched and listened to 120 nominated videos, radio programs,...
    12/04/2013 - 09:10 Science & Society
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Tell

    While most people think they’re good at spotting liars, the truth may come as a surprise. The vast majority can detect a lie only 54 percent of the time (barely better than flipping a coin). A tiny percentage, maybe one in 1,000 people, can discern a lie more than 80 percent of the time. These “truth wizards” are exceptionally keen at reading a person’s facial expressions and body language,...
    12/03/2013 - 09:11 Psychology
  • Say What?

    Cryovolcano

    An ice volcano that erupts slurries of volatile compounds such as water or methane instead of lava. Cryovolcanoes are thought to occur in the solar system’s frozen places, such as Saturn’s largest moon Titan, where such volcanoes may spew liquid from an ocean hidden in the moon’s interior.

    On Titan’s frigid surface, astronomers have spotted formations (above) that resemble volcanic...

    12/02/2013 - 09:44 Earth