With its exceptional hearing, a red fox can target a mouse hidden under two feet of crusted snow. Springing high in the air, it can break through the crusted spring snow with its nose and body completely vertical under the snow.
The Australian Bunya pine drops pine cones that are the size of melons. The cones are 20–35 cm in diameter, and are opened by large birds, such as cockatoos, or disintegrate when mature to release the large (3–4 cm) seeds or nuts.
"Rather than having to photograph from behind wire fences, [I hope to] capture images of animals such as lions in the wild, free and unrestrained," writes Greg Van Dugteren of this image taken at New Zealand's Orana Wildlife Park.
The green wings of luna moths, with their elegant, long tails, aren't just about style. New research finds they also help save the insects from becoming bat snacks by creating a distracting acoustic signal, which causes these predators to zero in on the wings rather than more vital body parts.
Researchers have discovered that sun exposure gives skin cells a postsunshine hangover that lasts for hours. In fact, UV rays damage skin cells for hours after you've stepped out of the sun - and even if you're in complete darkness!
In this amazing video, scientists have sucked the air out of the container and managed to find a pressure/temperature combination that's near the triple point of the fluid, which has been identified as cyclohexane - the triple point is the very precise temperature and pressure at which the three states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) exist in thermodynamic equilibrium.
Which of these faces looks more trustworthy to you?
Science says that some people just get away with more stuff, because they have more trustworthy looking faces.
A trustworthy face, as psychologists have determined over years of research in this area, has two major characteristics: The eyebrows are slightly lifted, so that together, they form a kind of upside-down V shape; likewise, the corners of the mouth are also lifted slightly. An untrustworthy face, on the other hand, is the opposite: The eyebrows point slightly downward, forming a V shape, and the corners of the mouth are turned down a bit, too.
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