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8 Antidotes to the Stupidity of "Shark Week"

This year, Discovery Channel promises Shark Week will feature fewer fake documentaries and more actual science. But with shows like “Return of the Great White Serial Killer” on the docket, it’s clear Discovery still has a lot to learn. For critically minded viewers, here are eight alternatives to those episodes of… » 7/07/15 11:50am 7/07/15 11:50am

Zookeepers (And Their Animals) Do Their Best Jurassic World Impressions 

Zookeepers have been recreating the velociraptor-taming scene from Jurassic World and posting them online, with absurdly amusing results. Michelle Buchman rounded up the best impressions so far, over at Nerdist. Personally, we’re big fans of the walruses above (originally posted at feminerds.tumblr.com). » 6/17/15 1:20pm 6/17/15 1:20pm

Largest-Ever Rhino Airlift Recently Released First 10 Rhinos In Botswana

Beverly Joubert and her husband Dereck are spearheading a relocation project, called Rhinos Without Borders, that aims to move 100 rhinos from poaching hotspots in South Africa to safer parks in Botswana. It’s the largest rhino airlift ever attempted, and the first ten transportees have been successfully released. » 5/15/15 3:00pm 5/15/15 3:00pm

Big Whales Have Nerves Like Bungee Cords

This nerve can stretch to twice its resting length. Did you just squirm? If you did, you probably know that the nerves of vertebrates are notoriously inelastic things, and that stretching them even a little bit can result in painful injury. But the nerve in this image is special. In fact, it’s evolved to stretch this… » 5/05/15 1:03pm 5/05/15 1:03pm

That Horrible Starfish Disease May Be Spreading To Northern Waters

There’s a plague currently afflicting starfish along the North American West Coast. Called sea star wasting disease, it’s a terrifying affliction that causes echinoderms to tear themselves apart. Now, for the first time ever, the disease has been spotted in northern waters—a possible consequence of global warming. » 5/05/15 11:55am 5/05/15 11:55am