New NOAA report: This is shaping up to be the 2nd hottest year in human history

Damn, it always sucks when you come in second.

Cats are both solid and liquid — and other surprising tidbits of science from the Ig Nobel Awards

Cats really *are* liquid… but only sometimes.

Bacterial defenders discovered inside cancer cells, breaking down chemo drugs

Tricksy hobbitses!

Not too big and not too small: when faced with extinction, it pays off to be just the right size

Big and small animals are the most threatened by extinction.

The Colossal Earthworks of Stan Herd

Entire fields are his canvas.

Genetic master switch for butterfly wing coloring found with CRISPR

Only two genes code both the canvas and paintbrush for the intricate butterfly wing patterns.

After exploring Venus’ dark side, scientists find unexpected weather

Strange things happen in the dark.

Seal hitches a ride on the back of a whale

Sometimes, you just hitch a ride on a whale.

Biologists just discovered an underwater octopus city — they call it Octlantis

Ever wondered what an octopus city looks like?

Hurricane Maria also becomes Category 5 storm, threatens more destruction

It’s quickly following in Irma’s footsteps.

Scientists just turned light-based information into readable soundwaves

It’s like storing lightning in thunder.

Odd Jupiter-sized exoplanet is hot enough to melt metal but paradoxically pitch-black

It’s the ‘blackest’ planet we’ve found.

What a biologist learned after letting an electric eel zap him

It’s like getting tasered — nine times. At the same time. Professor Catania has the measurements to prove it.

Democracy is failing in the West, scientists warn

Only 19% of young Americans think it’s wrong for the military to take over the government if it’s incompetent or doesn’t do it’s job.

The explosive difference between nuclear fission and fusion

Despite having some things common, the two can be considered polar opposites.

Mimicry at its finest — or why this is not a snake

Disclaimer: this is not an actual snake.

A linguistic rouzy-bouzy: Researchers resurrect 30 English lost words

Don’t be a losenger!

Finnish project aims to turn sawdust into fish food and tackle world hunger

Teach a man to chemically process sawdust into the building blocks of life to feed his fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

The devastating state of ocean pollution in one depressing photo

The author wishes this photo ‘didn’t exist’.

Carefree Crow Hitches a Ride on the Back of Bald Eagle

Don’t mind me, just hitching a ride.