Lies You've Been Told About the Pacific Garbage Patch

You've probably heard of the "Pacific garbage patch," also called the "trash vortex." It's a region of the North Pacific ocean where the northern jet stream and the southern trade winds, moving opposite directions, create a vast, gently circling region of water called the North Pacific Gyre — and at its center, there… » 5/21/12 9:05am 5/21/12 9:05am

What are the very punniest scientific names?

You've gotta give it up for creative taxonomists — the scientists responsible for naming, and thereby classifying, newly discovered species. Without them, we'd never have species with names like the ant pictured above, who is named after a science fiction institution. (See if you can guess who it is — it's very » 8/24/11 2:20pm 8/24/11 2:20pm