evolution

These Eerie Millipedes Glow In The Dark Because Of Stress

We all have our own different coping mechanisms when it comes to stress. A nice walk outside. A cold beer. A punching bag. Blowing up at your friends. And glowing in the dark. What? Scientists believe that these millipedes evolved to glow in the dark to deal with stress (and to let predators now that they’re packing toxic cyanide).


Ancient Asteroid Impacts Boiled The Oceans And Made Life On Earth Hell

Roughly 3.3 billion years ago, Earth’s early life forms were plunged into an unimaginable hell, when a series of massive asteroids smashed into the young planet, vaporising the oceans and scorching the skies.


This Amazing Camouflaged Fish Is Pretty Much Invisible

Video: The camouflage on this fish is so impressive that you can barely see it. I mean, it’s essentially invisible. Anytime it stops, I lose track of it because it blends in so perfectly with the ground. Even when it’s moving, it looks more like a pile of dirt than an animal. Amazing.


Moths Rub Their Genitals Together To Jam Bat Sonar

Some species of moth can produce ultrasonic emissions that confuse echolocating bats, and they do it by rubbing their sex organs together.


The Entire Human Evolution Is Condensed In These Stunning Opening Titles

Watching the stunning opening titles of the FITC Toronto 2015 — a conference for digital creators of all kinds — is like watching the life of the whole of humanity flash before your eyes. The video — created by motion graphics artist Will Reid — sums up human evolution in three minutes full of pure eye candy.


Colour Isn't Always About Sex, Study Finds

When it comes to birds, males — with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays — tend to get all the attention. But colour isn’t just about attracting a mate. For many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival.


Water Droplets Jump Off A Gecko's Skin Like Popping Popcorn

Geckos have a neat superpower that allows it to stay dry at all times: water droplets basically get catapulted off their skin like popping popcorn. It’s pretty nuts to see the water launch in the air like that and also pretty gross to think of it as the sort of human equivalent of shooting out sweat from our bodies.


After Thousands Of Years, Earth's Frozen Life Forms Are Waking Up

What’s happening in Siberia’s thawing permafrost and Greenland’s melting glaciers sounds borderline supernatural. Ancient viruses, bacteria, plants and even animals have been cryogenically frozen there for millennia — and now they are waking up.


How Nanoscale Optics Create Nature's Most Dazzling Colours

What do a butterfly’s shimmering wings, a fish’s opalescent scales, and a peacock’s brilliant feathers have in common? Yes, their colours are beautifully iridescent. But they are also produced by the physical interaction of light with sophisticated nanoscale architecture that we are only just beginning to understand.


Neat Video Shows The Evolution Of Batman Movies Over The Last 70 Years

Video: Editor Jacob T. Swinney put together this cool video showing the evolution of Batman from the 1943 serial to Nolan’s blockbusters. Many things have changed: the suit, the vehicles, or even the psychological approach to the character. But others, like people’s interest on this superhero, remain exactly the same.