California’s coastal redwoods can absorb nutrients and moisture from the thick fog that rolls in from the Pacific. And fog patterns give us clues about how the iconic trees might respond to a changing climate.
In her new book, "This is Your Brain on Parasites,” author Kathleen McAuliffe describes the numerous links between animals and parasites, how they've co-evolved, and how parasites may actually affect the behavior of humans and other animals.
Blue morphos butterflies, especially males, are known for stunning beauty. But blue morphos have other unique characteristics: Sometimes one butterfly will take on the characteristics of both males and females.
"We are largely products of our social networks," says a Yale researcher involved in controlled tests of our decision making. Studies show our decisions aren't truly our own to control. We are subconsciously changed by those around us, even if we don't know them.
You’re in a crowded restaurant. You can’t make out what your companion is saying. So your eyes start to drift to your dining companions' lips, to make out what they're saying over the din. That’s because when speech is hard to hear, lip-reading provides extra clues for comprehension. It turns out we all learn this skill as infants. And bilingual infants do it the more than others.
The last time Comet Lovejoy was visible in the night sky was 8,000 years ago. Now it's back and visible from the Northern Hemisphere in the coming weeks, and binoculars or a telescope can give you a glowing view of the visitor.