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You Can Thank A Fungus For These Crazy Hair Ice Sculptures

Fungi are some of the weirdest and most fascinating creatures on Earth, but they have really outdone themselves with this one: Hair ice. According to new research, the icy hair-sculptures that crop up overnight in forests before melting away in the sun have fungal fingerprints all over them.


The Way Boa Constrictors Kill Is Even Creepier Than We Thought

Death by suffocation is nightmarish enough, but boa constrictors do something even more sinister: They cut off your blood supply.


It's So Dry Even America's Old-Growth Rainforests Are On Fire

The season of terrible drought and fire keeps getting worse in North America. In the past few weeks, hundreds of patches of forest in the Canadian and Alaskan boreal have gone up in flames. Now, one of America’s last remaining old growth forests — the Queets rainforest in Olympic National Park, Washington — is also burning.


The Biggest Danger From America's Historic Wildfire Season

Wildfires are tearing across Alaska and western Canada at a record-breaking rate this summer. But stands of blackened trees and cross-continental plumes of smoke are only the most visible signs of damage from the 300 or more fires currently raging. The biggest concern may be what’s happening below ground.


Giz Explains: The Most Important Thing We Will Need To Survive In Space

None of us would be alive today without plants, and if humans want to survive beyond Earth long-term, we’ll need to bring our leafy greens with us. Eventually, astronauts are going to have to become space farmers.


North America Was Once Full Of Super-Tiny Beavers And Super-Giant Ones

When humans first arrived in North America about 15,000 years ago, the place was full of giant beavers. No, I’m serious. They were huge, with enormous teeth. And now scientists have discovered the place was crawling with mini beavers too.


11 Species Of Chameleon Masqueraded As One

Biologists just discovered 11 new species of chameleon hiding in plain sight — as chameleons tend to do.


Collapse Of Large Herbivores May Lead To "Empty Landscapes" Worldwide

It’s happening across the world, from grasslands to savannas to forest to deserts. Earth’s wild ecosystems are emptying out and falling silent.


A Scientific Guide To The Fantastical Predators In Game Of Thrones

The monsters in George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones are magically badass. But could dragons, direwolves and lizard-lions be scientifically plausible, on some level? Today we’re going to try to answer that question — with the help of some biology experts.


Researchers Are Scanning Forests With Lasers To Monitor Their Health

It looks like a work of art, but the image shown above is the 3D structure of an actual forest, reconstructed from sophisticated laser scans that scientists now hope can be used to quickly check a forest’s vital signs. Kinda like a tricorder IRL.


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