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Enter your email address powered by TinyLetter Science Fact People often think of species having two biological sexes, male and female. But that’s not a concept that always applies. There’s a fungus, for example, with 23,000 sexes. Yes. 23,000. That might seem like it makes life difficult, but in fact, due to different mating systems, these
Enter your email address powered by TinyLetter Science Fact In a fight between an alligator and a shark, who would win? Well that depends on the gator and the shark in question. Great whites are probably off the menu, but scientists have shown the American alligator chows down on bonnethead sharks, lemon sharks, rays and even
Enter your email address powered by TinyLetter Seriously buff. Adorable, fluffy owlets can take naps without falling from trees. How do they do it? They have buff back toes! The back toe, the hallux, digs into the branch, and it won’t relax until the bird deliberately bends its leg. Another potential use? Winning some AWESOME arm-wrestling
Enter your email address powered by TinyLetter Science Fact Pumpkin toadlets are tiny, neon-orange frogs (extra fact: All toads are frogs! Not all frogs are toads.) that live in the cloud forests of Brazil. They make a soft little chirp like a cricket. But if they’re using that little noise to find love, they’d
Enter your email address powered by TinyLetter Science Fact The materials you need to study past climates: Ice cores, stalactites, trees rings…BAT POOP. Yes. Scientists can study the nitrogen in ancient deep crap cores to learn about what the climate was like hundreds of years ago. Delicious.
Women – colleagues and friends and acquaintances and mentees – sometimes tell me about the things that hold them back, that bother them in the workplace and in life. And there’s one refrain I keep hearing. Over cocktails or coffee or dinner or tea. In group chats and personal heart-to-hearts. A refrain that sticks with
Science Fact We never put sunscreen on our hair, right? Well, why don’t we ever get burned there? Does hair or a beard block the sun? And if so, how much? Well to find out some scientists put beards on mannequins in the sun. You know, for science. And it turns out beards make good sunblock!
Science Fact Archeologists who dig up humans and animals sometimes wonder if the humans ate the animals nearby. But to find, out they’d need to know what it looks like when a person eats, say, a whole rodent and it comes out the other end. How to know for sure? Well, you need to eat a
Want a taste of what’s in my newsletter? Here’s this week’s fun science fact! Science Fact When bedbugs can’t feast on delicious humans, they will hunt down and hang in their dirty laundry. There are not enough nopes for this one. Scientists found that bedbugs are attracted to the eau d’human on worn clothes when no people