Picture of the day: up close with a strawberry

Strawberries aren’t really berries… they’re not even fruit!

Biologists find genetic master switch for the butterfly’s wing color

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

Artificial muscle lifts 1,000 times its own weight, brings us closer to humanoid bots

A step closer to forging our new robotic overlords.

Trump’s NASA nominee denies climate change on Earth, says NASA should study climate change on Mars instead

Oh God, please make it stop.

Hurricane Maria “destroys Puerto Rico” — 100% of the state left without power

This is an abnormally strong hurricane season.

Ancient frog with a big appetite may have preyed on small dinosaurs

It bit with the force of wolves or female tigers.

Why satellites have those golden foils on them — and how it saves a lot of lives

Like many other NASA technologies, this also proved to be really useful on Earth.

Designer Oscar Lhermitte brings the moon to your fingertips

You can’t get any more lunar than this without leaving the planet.

Fourteen thousand plant species have been discovered in the Amazon rainforest

This is the first time that anyone has compiled a full list.

That study about larvae eating plastic is full of holes

More research needs to be done.

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.

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.